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Albert Case Merges Sex, Significance; Lawyers Expect Trial To Look at Social Issues
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Trials; Sex crimes; Media coverage; Celebrities
Author: Masters, Brooke A
Date: Sep 21, 1997
Start Page: B.01
Section: METRO

NBC sportscaster Marv Albert's trial on sexual assault charges, which starts tomorrow, is a television talk show's dream: sex, sports and celebrity all wrapped up in one package.

Some two dozen television trucks are planning to park outside the Arlington courthouse for the duration of Albert's trial on forcible sodomy and assault charges. More than 50 media organizations, from the New York tabloids to Court TV, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, have picked up credentials. Brace yourself for daily reports of testimony that is almost certain to include descriptions of oral sex and biting and allegations of rough sex.

Albert's accuser, a 42-year-old Vienna woman, told police that Albert threw her on a bed, bit her and forced her to perform oral sex after a Feb. 12 argument in his Pentagon City hotel room. DNA tests by the state crime lab have linked him to genetic material taken from bite marks on her back and semen in her underwear.

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