The Press: Free Press Y. Fair Trial

One of the most difficult problems for U.S. editors is how to reconcile two traditional U.S. constitutional guarantees: the right of the free press and the right of the defendant to a fair trial before an unprejudiced court and jury. Last week the editors got some unsolicited help from bar and bench:

¶ In Boston, President Edwin M. Otterbourg of the New York County Lawyers' Association proposed a twelve-point code to regulate news reporting of criminal cases. He denounced the present state of affairs as "the law of the jungle." Key clause in Otterbourg's code: "Statements that a prisoner has confessed to...

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