PLS 460 Houchins v KQED Inc

PLS 460 Houchins v KQED Inc - Amendment granted no special...

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Houchins v KQED Inc. Facts of the Case: KQED Inc., owner of a number of licensed television and radio broadcasting stations, requested permission to inspect and take pictures of the Alameda County Jail at Santa Rita. KQED sought to investigate a recent suicide that had occurred at the facility. Houchins, the Sheriff of Alameda County, denied access to the media. Question: Did the First Amendment guarantee news media a right of access to jails over and above that of other persons? Conclusion: No. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Burger, the Court held that the First
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Unformatted text preview: Amendment granted no special right of access to the press to government-controlled sources of information. The Court reasoned that the importance of acceptable prison conditions and the media's role of providing information afforded "no basis for reading into the Constitution a right of the public or the media to enter these institutions . . . and take moving and still pictures of inmates for broadcast purposes." Decisions Decision: 4 votes for Houchins, 3 vote(s) against Legal provision: Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly...
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  • Spring '10
  • Lermack
  • Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Chief Justice of the United States, Houchins

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