Title

Freedom of the Press and a Fair Trial

Publication Year

1967

Keywords

freedom of the press, fair trial, politics, law, journalism, United States

Disciplines

First Amendment | Journalism Studies | Law | Political Science | United States History

Abstract

The free press-fair trial problem is one that has been a part of American society for some time. It took one terrible, heart-wrenching event, however, to wake it from relative dormancy: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. As the assassin fired the mail-order Mauser and snatched away forever the vigor and style of one of America's most sophisticated presidents, a chain of events began which graphically illustrate the problem of informing the public without prejudicing a defendant's right to a fair and impartial trial.

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