The Supreme Court: The Press v. the Accused

Did Cleveland newspapers so inflame Dr. Sam Sheppard's jurors that he was wrongly convicted of bludgeoning his wife to death? No one has ever proved that the press actually swayed the jurors who found the osteopath guilty in 1954 and sent him to prison for life. But last week, upholding Sheppard's bid for habeas corpus, the Supreme Court said that "inherently prejudicial publicity" was proof enough that he "did not receive a fair trial consistent with the due process clause of the 14th Amendment." In an 8-to-1 decision that forced Ohio to...

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