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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia
Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia

Decided July 2, 1980

448 U.S. 555

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/448/555.html

Decision

The right of the public and the press to attend criminal trials is guaranteed by the First Amendment. A judge may restrict access only in limited circumstances after making findings that closure is necessary to ensure a fair trial for the defendant.

Background

The tradition of openness in criminal trials runs long and deep through the history of Anglo-American law. Early in British history, community leaders were required to attend trials. Even after the requirement was relaxed, the presence of the public at trials was viewed as an important way of guaranteeing that justice was dispensed in an evenhanded fashion. That principle carried over into the laws and practices of courts in the ...

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