ERIC Number: ED154451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Empirical Support for Some Major Supreme Court Decisions on Free Press/Fair Trial Conflicts.
Towers, Wayne M.
The free press/fair trial controversy hinges on two distinctions: "decorum" (the general manner in which a trial is comported) vs. "substance" (the actual content of information relating to a trial, including both evidentiary and nonevidentiary information), and behavior within vs. behavior outside of the courtroom. Four major Supreme Court decisions provide evidence of that court's interpretations of those distinguishable terms, and preface a discussion of the court's "Nebraska Press Association et al., v. Stuart" decision. The resulting discussion reaffirms the paradox of maintaining the status quo; news media cannot be given full access to the courtroom because they are disruptive, but news media cannot be denied access because they are indispensable. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (23rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)