The Press: Judging the Judge

Newsmen who try to overcome the judiciary's traditional ban on photographing trial action risk a charge of contempt of court. Last week, after an Omaha court let press and TV photographers shoot at will, the familiar legal weapon was turned against the judge himself.

At the start of a heavily publicized murder trial in February, Judge James T. English, 64, warned photographers that they could take courtroom shots only during recesses and could not shoot the defendant even then. But as it turned out, Judge English did not object when the Omaha World-Herald quietly photographed Defendant George D. Jones in the courtroom...

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