Criminal Justice: The Press in the Jury Box?

In 1947, the Supreme Court held that "what transpires in the courtroom is public property." By 1966, it had banned TV cameras and had deplored news reporting that posed "even the probability of unfairness." The change reflects growing concern over the kind of prejudicial publicity that might sway jurors and influence convictions. Although the court has yet to work out an accommodation between the constitutional rights of free press and fair trial, lawyers are proposing crime-news curbs that leave the U.S. press aghast. The press is now all but accusing the bar...

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