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Supreme Court / Fair Trial vs. Free Press / Farr #488957

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 30, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court rules against Nebraska judge who placed gag order on press covering murder trial in open-court pre-trial hearing.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote unanimous decision.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(N. Platte, Nebraska) Press ordered not to report details of murder of Henry Kellie family in Sutherland, Nebraska, so as not to prejudge guilt of man arrested for murders, Charles Simants. Court lists precautions judges may take to insure fair trials. Judge Hugh Stuart says he was surprised at ruling; he only wanted to give Simants right of fair trial. Nebraska press happy with regard to decision. [Vice President "Omaha World Herald" G. Woodson HOWE - says court decision is nice Bicentennial gift. Infringement of press rights often leads to deprivation of other rights.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(DC) Decision applies only to open court hearings. Judges can hold closed hearings.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of "Los Angeles Times" reporter, William Farr, who refused to reveal source of Charles Manson story. Court also refuses to hear cases of 2 Fresno, California, reporters
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Stern, Carl

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