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Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia (doc. #: 79-243) (1980)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 02/19/1980
Decided 07/02/1980
Supreme Court Vote 7-1
Note This was the first case Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe argued in the Supreme Court. (See Tribe, "Public Rights, Private Rites: Reliving Richmond Newspapers For My Father," The Green Bag (Spring, 2003)) (online publication)
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained
IssueWhether the right of the public and press to attend criminal trials is guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
Majority Opinion Plurality: Burger, C.J., announced the Court's judgment, & announced opinion joined by White, J. & Stevens, J. (Powell, J., did not participate)
Concurring Opinion White, J. (concurring), & Stevens, J. (concurring), & Brennan, J. (concurring in judgment, joined by Marshall, J.), & Stewart, J. (concurring in judgment) & Blackmun, J. (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, J., dissenting
Lower Court Virginia Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Professor Laurnce Tribe (for Appellant)

For Respondent
Marshall Coleman, Attorney General of Virginia (for Appellees)

For Petitioner
Brief for Appellants []

Jurisdictional Statement []

Reply Brief for Appellants []

Reply Brief for Appellants []

For Respondent
Brief for Appellees []

Motion to Dismiss []

For Amicus
Arthur B. Hanson, Frank M. Northam, Mitchell W. Dale & Richard M. Schmidt, Jr., for the American Newspaper Publishers Association et al. (supporting Petitioner)

E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., Erwin G. Krasnow, Arthur B. Sackler, and J. Laurent Scharff for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press et al. (supporting Petitioner) []

Edward Bennett Williams, John B. Kuhns, and Kevin T. Baine for The Washington Post et al. (supporting Petitioner) []

John J. Degnan, Attorney General, and John De Cicco, Anthony J. Parrillo, and Debra L. Stone, Deputy Attorneys General, for the State of New Jersey (supporting Petitioner) []

Stephen Bricker and Bruce J. Ennis for the American Civil Liberties Union et al. (supporting Petitioner) []

Barbash, Fred, "The Burger Court Still Lacks a Theme; A Court Still Lacking a Theme," Washington Post, July 5, 1980, sect. A, p. 1
Carmody, Deirdre, "Court's Trial Ruling Elates Press And First Amendment Lawyers; Question Now Answered," New York Times, July 3, 1980, sect. D, p. 16
Parker, Donald & Barbash, Fred, "Criminal Trials 'Must Be Open'; Court Rules Press, Public Have Right to Attend Criminal Trials," Washington Post, July 3, 1980, sect. A, p. 1
"The Supreme Court -- 1979 Term," 94 Harvard Law Review 149, 154-159 (1980)
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES & POLICIES (2002), sect. 11.6.3
Cox, Archibald, "Freedom of Expression in the Burger Court," 94 Harvard Law Review 1, 19-26 (1980)
Dienes, C. Thomas, Levine, Lee & Lind, Robert C., NEWSGATHERING & THE LAW (2nd ed., 1999), sect. 2-2-c
Fenner & Koley, "Access to Judicial Proceedings: To Richmond Newspapers & Beyond," 16 Harvard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review 415 (1981)
Kamisar, Yale, "Right of Access to Information Generated or Controlled by the Government: Richmond Newspapers Examined & Gannett Revisited" in Choper, Kamisar & Tribe, THE SUPREME COURT: TRENDS & DEVELOPMENTS, 1979-1980, pp. 145 psssim
Lewis, Anthony, "A Public Right to Know About Public Institutions: The First Amendment as a Sword," 1980 Supreme Court Review 1
Schmidt, Richard & Schmidt, Gregory, "Some Observations on the Swinging Courthouse Doors of Gannett and Richmond Newspapers," 59 Denver Law Journal 721 (1982)
Smolla, Rodney, SMOLLA & NIMMER ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1994), sect. 13.02[2][a]
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), sect. 12-20
Zuckman, Harvey, Corn-Revere, Robert et al, MODERN COMMUNICATIONS LAW (1999), sect. 717
Editorial, "'Freedom of Communication'," Washington Post, July 3, 1980, sect. A, p. 11
Editorial, "Wiping the Graffiti Off the Courtroom," New York Times, July 3, 1980, sect. A, p. 18
Kraft, Joseph, "The 'Maybe' Court," Washington Post, July 8, 1980, sect. A, p. 17
Lewis, Anthony, "Abroad & At Home: The Court Speaks Up," New York Times, July 7, 1980, sect. A, p. 15
Lewis, Anthony, "At Home & Abraod:A Right To Be Informed," New York Times, July 3, 1980, sect. A, p. 19
Wicker, Tom, "In the Nation: Divided But Sweeping," New York Times, July 6, 1980, sect. E, p. 17
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