Court TV to cover groundbreaking trials in 2021

Posted at 3:01 PM, December 18, 2020 and last updated 7:15 PM, May 18, 2023

ATLANTA (Court TV) – The new year is ushering in a roster of historic and important trials and Court TV will be there – offering live, gavel-to-gavel access and analysis of the most impactful cases. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on tap in 2021:

The Death of George Floyd – Four Minneapolis police officers will be tried in the death of George Floyd, which launched a nationwide movement and discussion about race in America.


The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery – Three white men are accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while jogging through a South Georgia neighborhood.

The Case of The Doomsday Cult Mom – Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, are facing charges after authorities discovered the bodies of their two children in their backyard. Daybell, a former gravedigger, has authored numerous doomsday books and is rumored to have built a cult-type following.

“The Jinx” Murder Trial – Robert Durst, a wealthy New York City real estate heir, faces first-degree murder charges in California, as police allege he killed his longtime friend, Susan Berman. Authorities suspect Durst in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack, and investigators believe that Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” killed Berman because she knew what happened to McCormack.

The R. Kelly Sex Abuse Case – Entertainer R. Kelly, currently in a federal prison in Chicago, faces numerous racketeering and sex trafficking charges involving five women, with legal problems ignited by the television show “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Complementing the live coverage are a team of anchors, legal correspondents and veteran crime and justice journalists –  all of whom are lawyers – who offer in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis to take viewers through the proceedings and help them understand the intricacies of the US judicial system.

They include Emmy-Award-winning lead anchor Vinnie Politan, as well as Julie Grant, Ted Rowlands, Michael Ayala. Meanwhile, legal correspondents and crime reporters Chanley Painter and Julia Jenaé will be reporting from the courts.

The Court TV regulars are joined by some of the brightest lawyers, most-experienced investigators, and experts who provide additional legal insights, opinion, discussion and debate.