The Press: Editing from the Bench

From the bench of Georgia's Fulton County superior court, Judge Durwood T. Pye keeps a hot eye on the Atlanta press. Last November, during a civil hearing, Judge Pye barred news photographers not only from the courthouse but from "adjacent sidewalks and streets" (TIME, Dec. 1). Last week Atlanta's two associated papers, the Constitution and the Journal, faced a far stiffer rap from Pye: a $20,000 fine for contempt of court.

Judge Pye struck his blow in connection with the trial (for armed robbery) of a notorious Georgia felon named Harold James Meriwether. While the jury trial was in progress, both...

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