Law: Blind Justice Gets a Seeing Eye

The Supreme Court gives a green light to televising trials

For better or for worse, the U.S. moved a step closer to the day when the doors of virtually all courtrooms will be open to television cameras. The Supreme Court last week ruled that a Florida plan that permits television to cover criminal trials, even when the defense objects, does not automatically deny the defendant's right to a fair trial.

The decision seemed to be at odds with the court's "anti-press" image. Its author, Chief Justice Warren Burger, is known to dislike television. Moreover,...

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