Newspapers: Free Press & Fair Trial

During his trial on charges of swinging fellow Texans—to say nothing of assorted banks and financing companies—Billie Sol Estes objected vehemently to the presence of TV cameras in the courtroom. His objections were overruled: Estes was convicted and sentenced to eight years. In agreeing to consider his appeal last week, the Supreme Court did not concern itself with Billie Sol's guilt or innocence. The sole question before the court is whether his unwilling TV performance prejudiced his right to a fair trial.

Whatever the eventual decision it could affect more than TV's tireless...

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