The Press: The Constitution & the Judge

Does a judge have the right to order an editor to print something that he would like to see in the newspaper? Most U.S. editors would laugh at the thought, but for Editor Ralph McGill and Managing Editor William Fields of the Atlanta Constitution last week, it was no laughing matter. Floyd County's Judge Horace Elmo Nichols, who asserted that "Freedom of the press has no better or more sincere advocate than I," had sentenced both to 20 days in jail, plus a $200 fine apiece for contempt of court. Reason: Judge Nichols objected to a series of articles the Constitution...

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