Restrictions in the Media.pdf - Sophia Cucinotta History 11-1 Sun Should there be any restrictions on what newspapers are able to publish about criminal

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Sophia Cucinotta History 11-1 Sun. Nov 17, 2019 Should there be any restrictions on what newspapers are able to publish about criminal cases before a trial (and before jury selection for a trial)? With the advent of the 21st century and the ever-increasing connectivity of the internet age, a serious debate has arisen about whether or not the press should be restricted from publishing sensitive information about a case before the trial takes place in order to secure an impartial jury. The 6th Amendment guarantees the accused a “fair and impartial jury”, but the 1 1st Amendment guarantees the right of a free press. It is apparent right away that these two amendments now stand in direct contradiction to each other. How can an impartial jury be selected if a consensus among the public has already been reached? At the moment, Americans stand very divided on this issue. And as with many of the issues that plague American society, there is no clear morally correct answer. Many argue that releasing pretrial case information makes it impossible to gather a completely unbiased jury since the minds of the prospective jurors will have already been conditioned to pass judgement in a certain way because of media influence. In a famous 1996 case, security guard Richard Jewel found a suspicious looking backpack on the grounds of the Centennial Olympic Park which contained a pipe bomb. Jewel immediately reported it to the police and started to evacuate the park. Unfortunately, the bomb detonated, killing two people
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