The Press: Decision Reversed

When the Atlanta Constitution (circ. 171,500) ran a fact-packed series on sloppy state traffic enforcement, Superior Court Judge Horace E. Nichols took out after the paper. He demanded that the paper print the evidence he submitted to prove that the series was wrong. Constitution Editor Ralph McGill refused. Highhanded Judge Nichols forthwith cited McGill and Managing Editor William Fields for contempt of court, fined them each $200 and sentenced them to 20 days in jail (TIME, May 12). Last week, in what the Constitution called "a historic decision," Georgia's supreme court unanimously overruled Judge Nichols' decision.

Said Supreme Court Chief Justice W....

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