Durst Lawyer: Try the Case on Facts ‘Not on an Effort to Win an Emmy’

By Chris Ariens 

The Robert Durst TV specials will continue into the weekend following Durst’s seeming murder confession in the conclusion of the docu-series “The Jinx” Sunday night.

Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin gave his first sit-down interview since his client’s arrest to “48 Hours,” telling correspondent Erin Moriarty, “I think the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an emmy.” DeGuerin is referring to the 6-part HBO series which concluded with an audio of Durst saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” “48 Hours: The Bizarre Saga of Robert Durst” airs tomorrow night on CBS.

Last night’s “Dateline NBC” “Robert Durst: Inside the Long, Strange Trip,” averaged a respectable 6.379 million viewers, behind “American Idol” on Fox and “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC. In fact, the Dennis Murphy-reported special gave NBC its most-watched 8pm Thursday in more than 6 years (not including Olympics) since “My Name is Earl” and “Kath & Kim,” on Oct. 16, 2008.

The Durst drama and the HBO documentary will also be discussed on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” as Brian Stelter talks with documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger and CNN legal contributor Mark Geragos.