The Press: Long Reach of the Law

Georgia's lawyers and reporters alike walk on tiptoe in the presence of Fulton County Superior Court Judge Durwood T. Pye, a terrible-tempered, robe-twitching jurist whose boiling point is the lowest on the Atlanta bench. Pye once ordered the wholesale arrest of noisy loungers in a corridor outside his courtroom, had to reverse himself when it developed that the loudest noisemaker was a fellow judge, telling jokes at the Coke machine. Last week, mustering a group courage, the Georgia press loudly complained that the autocratic judge had gone too far.

The case in point was...

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