Legal Issues of the Mass Media_Lambe_Date__040710

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Free Press/Fair Trial The Conflict o We should be able to have access, but could it interfere with their right to a fair trial? o History Common Law in Britain allowed full access Since the 1970s – there is a presumption that the media has access to everything as a constitutional right o What do journalists want access too? Information the deals with proceedings before, during and after the trials. Evidence Witnesses and Testimonies Jurors and Defendants o There is now a presumed access to everything. If anyone wants to limit access they have the burden of proof to provide a compelling argument Prejudicial Publicity is the main concern o Will they be able to find an impartial jury to decide the fate of a criminal if that jury has been fed information through media reporting o Problematic types of information Confessions Polygraph tests Past criminal history Witnesses Defendant’s Character Public opinion about the Defendant’s Guilt
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course COMM 345 taught by Professor Jenniferlambe during the Spring '10 term at University of Delaware.

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