CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 30, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules with regard to judicial gag orders on the press.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Nebraska) Charles Simants arrested for murdering family. Trial judge forbade reporters to report facts exposed in open preliminary hearings or learned from other sources. No. of gag orders issued by judges has skyrocketed in recent years Nebraska reporters sent case to Supreme Court
REPORTER: Fred Graham (WOWT-TV)
(DC) Court rules the Nebraska gag order violates 1st amendment. Chief Justice Warren Burger said it was speculation for judge to assume that press coverage would keep jurors from judging fairly. Justices Burger, Lewis Powell, Harry Blackmun and William Rehnquist say judges should never gag press from rpting. open court cases; they left door open for extreme cases. Justices William Brennan, Potter Stewart and Thurgood Marshall say judges should never gag press to counter trial publicity. Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White say if problem persists, they'd agree that press should never be gagged. [Attorney E. Barrett PRETTYMAN JR. - says courts could close open hearings.] Court lets stand jail sentences of 5 California reporters held in contempt of court Reporters reported judges efforts to maintain secrecy.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Aggie Whelan
(California) William Farr of "Los Angeles Times" faces 2nd jail term. [FARR - notes his reaction to court's decision.]
REPORTER: No reporter given
(DC) Court decision is 2 steps up for reporters and 1 step backwards.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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