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Supreme Court / Fair Trial vs. Free Press / Farr #44185

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 30, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules on issue of fair trial and free press with regard to Nebraska case involving defendant Charles Simants and murder of Henry Kellie family.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Court rules that judges can't dictate what press reports in advance of trial. Chief Justice Warren Burger speaks against use of prior restraints. Court disagrees that pre-trial publicity prevents fair trial. Burger advocates change of venue, trial postponement, hard questioning of jurors and emphatic jury instructions, if judge is worried about fair trial. [Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Jack LANDAU - notes how he thinks judges will react.] Gag orders not ruled out entirely and judges could hold closed hearings. Court still considers press as watchdogs.
REPORTER: David Garcia Artist:

(Studio) Court declines to review contempt citation against ex-reporter, "Los Angeles Herald-Examiner", William Farr. Farr spent 46 days in jail for refusing to reveal source of 1971 story with regard to Charles Manson gang. Farr must serve 5 more days and pay $500 fine.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Garcia, David;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:02:50

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