Justice in Plain Sight

Justice in Plain Sight

How A Small-town Newspaper and Its Unlikely Lawyer Opened America's Courtrooms

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Justice in Plain Sight is the story of a hometown newspaper in Riverside, California, that set out to do its job: tell readers about shocking crimes in their own backyard. But when judges slammed the courtroom door on the public, including the press, it became impossible to tell the whole story. Pinning its hopes on business lawyer Jim Ward, whom Press-Enterprise editor Tim Hays had come to know and trust, the newspaper took two cases to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s. Hays was convinced that the public--including the press--needed to have these rights and needed to bear witness to justice because healing in the aftermath of a horrible crime could not occur without community catharsis. The newspaper won both cases and established First Amendment rights that significantly broadened public access to the judicial system, including the right for the public to witness jury selection and preliminary hearings.

Justice in Plain Sight is a unique story that, for the first time, details two improbable journeys to the Supreme Court in which the stakes were as high as they could possibly be (and still are): the public's trust in its own government.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781496202017
1496202015
9781496211989
1496211987
9781496211996
1496211995
9781496212009
1496212002
9781496211989
9781496211996
9781496212009
Branch Call Number: 070.449 BERNSTEIN
Characteristics: 256 pages, 6 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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