The Press: Free Press & Fair Trial

In criminal cases the prosecutor is often the first to run to the press with word that he has a confession and is sure of a conviction. On their part defense counsel are just as eager to try their cases in the press. Do such shenanigans hinder justice? They certainly do, says the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Civil Rights. At Saranac Inn, N.Y. last week, the Bar Association was considering a committee proposal to stop lawyers from talking to the press. The proposal called for state legislation making it "unlawful" for...

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