The Press: Press v. Bench

Last week Common Pleas Judge Frederick P. Walther of Cleveland answered "No" to the question: Can a newspaper editorial criticize a court-order? (TIME, July 22). For criticism of a Walther court-order he fined Editor Louis B. Seltzer of the Cleveland Press and Chief Editorial Writer Carlton Kingsbury Matson, $500 each, ordered them to spend 30 days in jail.

Attorney for Defendants Seltzer and Matson was Wilsonian Secretary of War Newton Diehl Baker, able orator. His pleas: 1) That freedom of the press was in danger. 2) That the criticized Walther injunction, which restrained...

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