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Press-Enterprise Co. v. Superior Court of California (II) (docket #: 84-1560) (1986)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Press-Enterprise Co. v. Superior Court of California (II)  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 02/26/1986
Decided 6/30/1986
Supreme Court Vote 7-0-2
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
IssueWhether a qualified First Amendment right of access to criminal proceedings applied to preliminary hearings as conducted in California
Majority Opinion Burger, C.J.
Dissenting Opinion Stevens, J. (joined by Rehnquist, J. in Part II)
Lower Court California Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Audio (oyez)  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
James D. Ward

For Respondent
Joyce Ellen Manulis Reikes

For Amicus
Bruce W. Sanford, Lee Levine et al. for the American Newspaper Publishers Association et al. (for petitioner)

Grover C. Trask, II, pro se, for the District Attorney, County of Riverside

Harold W. Fuson et al. for Copley Press, Inc. (for petitioner)

John K. Van de Kamp, Attorney General, et al. for the State of California (for petitioner)

Robert S. Warren, Rex S. Heinke, and Charles S. Sims for the American Civil Liberties Union et al. (for petitioner)

Ruling - Lower Court
37 Cal. 3d 773, 691 P.2d 1026
"Court Hearings Opened to the Public by Justices," The New York Times, July 1, 1986, Sect. A, p. 15
"Court to Rule on Press Access to Criminal Hearings," The New York Times, Oct. 16, 1985, Sect. A, p. 23
Marcus, Ruth, "Pretrial Hearing Access Backed, 7-2," The Washington Post, July 1, 1986, Sect. A, p. 6
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