The Press: Free Press & Fair Trial

Should stringent restrictions be placed on newspaper coverage of court trials? Many a lawyer thinks so and strict codes for covering trials have even been proposed (TIME, July 12). But last week in Washington, before the Federal Bar Association, Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. vigorously denied that newspapers should be hamstrung in their trial coverage. Said Brownell: "Our free press brings to light corruption, injustice, dishonesty, wrongs of every kind . . . The free press may also be helpful to an accused in dispelling false, distorted or wild charges that would otherwise...

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