In the ESPN special “Pete Rose on Trial,” a mock trial at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall examined Pete Rose’s eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame, focusing on his lifetime ban for allegedly betting on games. Alan Dershowitz, the prosecutor, highlighted the Dowd Report’s claims against Rose, while defense attorney Johnnie Cochran spotlighted Rose’s significant contributions to baseball and questioned the ban’s fairness.
Prominent baseball figures testified. For the prosecution, Hall of Famer Jim Palmer and others discussed Rose’s alleged misconduct. In defense, stars like Hank Aaron and Dave Parker emphasized Rose’s achievements. The mock jury eventually supported Rose’s Hall of Fame consideration.