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Televised Executions And The Constitution: Recognizing A First Amendment Right Of Access To State Executions, John Bessler Jan 1993

Televised Executions And The Constitution: Recognizing A First Amendment Right Of Access To State Executions, John Bessler

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This article examines the history of public and private executions and the passage of private execution laws. It concludes that existing laws restricting media access to executions – and requiring private executions that exclude television cameras – are unconstitutional. The author examines existing statutory schemes which curtail media access and prohibit the filming of executions, discusses legal challenges to such laws, and explores freedom of the press jurisprudence. In particular, the article analyzes First Amendment case law and right-of-access cases. The author also discusses the Eighth Amendment's relationship to First Amendment case law in the area of media coverage of …


Challenging The Autonomous Press (Book Review), Lili Levi Jan 1993

Challenging The Autonomous Press (Book Review), Lili Levi

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Why There Should Be An Independent Decennial Commission On The Press, Lee C. Bollinger Jan 1993

Why There Should Be An Independent Decennial Commission On The Press, Lee C. Bollinger

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In 1947, the Commission on Freedom of the Press chaired by Robert M. Hutchins, published its report entitled "A Free and Responsible Press:" Sharply criticized by the media when published, the Hutchins Commission Report (as it has come to be known) seems to have assumed only minor status within the history of freedom of the press in this century, as well as among reports on social problems generally. In this article, I will consider whether the Hutchins Commission Report deserves a different fate. Given the media's usually astounding self-preoccupation, the fact that the Report was about the "press" would lead …