Courts: The Defendant v. the Press

Many of the nation's editors and broadcasters balked last February when the American Bar Association recommended a tough code to limit the flow of information to reporters in criminal cases. Some agreed that there was a need to keep cases from being tried in the press, but the general feeling was that the committee that wrote the rules, headed by Massachusetts Justice Paul Reardon, had gone too far. CBS President Frank Stanton, for one, complained that the A.B.A. code was "strewn with land mines of coercion and booby traps of suppression."

Now, an even more august legal body has cleared...