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Pell v. Procunier (docket #:73-918) (1974)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 04/16/1974
Decided 6/24/1974
Supreme Court Vote 5-1-3
Note Decided together with Procunier v. Hillery (no. 73-754).
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
 
IssueWhether a California prison regulation barring media interviews with specific individual inmates infringed on the First Amendments' guarantees of speech and of the press.
Majority Opinion Stewart, J.
Concurring Opinion Powell, J. (concurring in part and dissenting in part)
Dissenting Opinion Dougals, J. (joined by Brennan, J. & Marshall, J.)
Lower Court District Court for the District of Columbia (3-judge court)
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Herman Schwartz

For Respondent
John T. Murphy, Deputy Atty. General of California

Briefs
For Amicus
Glen E. Clover and Robert J. King for the Houston Chronicle Publishing Co.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. et al. for the Washington Post Co. et al.

Larence Gunnels for the Chicago Tribune

Ruling - Lower Court
364 F. Supp. 196
News
"Court Backs Curb on Convict Interviews," The Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1974, p. 6
"Inmates are Available," The Chicago Defender, Aug. 22, 1973, p. 24
"Judges Upset State Ban on Prisoners' News Interviews," The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 21, 1973, p. 3
MacKenzie, John P., "High Court to Study Prisoners' Right to See Newsmen," The Washington Post, Jan. 8, 1974, Sect. A, p. 5
MacKenzie, John P., "Right of Prison Access Denied," The Washington Post, June 25, 1974, Sect. A, p. 3
Meyer, Eugene L., "2 State Prison Systems Split Over Granting Prisoner Interviews," The Washington Post, March 24, 1972, Sect. C, p. 3
Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(2006), Sect. 11.4.4. and 11.6.3
Commentary
"…And Access to the Prisoners," The Washington Post, June 27, 1974, Sect. A, p. 18
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