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Houchins v. KQED (docket #: 76-1310) (1978)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 11/29/1977
Decided 6/26/1978
Supreme Court Vote 3-1-3
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
IssueWhether the news media have a constitutional right of access to a county jail, over and above that of other persons, to interview inmates and make sound recordings, films, and photographs for publication and broadcasting.
Majority Opinion Burger, C.J. (Marshall, J. & Blackmun, J. not participating)
Concurring Opinion Stewart, J., (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Stevens, J. (joined by Brennan, J. & Powell, J.)
Lower Court 9th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
Ruling - Lower Court
546 F.2d 284
"The State," The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 1975, Sect. A, p. 26
Mann, Jim, "Supreme Court Rules Prisons May Bar Press and Public," The Los Angeles Times, June 27, 1978, Sect. B, p. 6
Mintz, Morton, "Justices Wonder About Letting Press In Where Public is Barred, Such As Jail," The Washington Post, Nov. 20, 1977, Sect. A, p. 4
Anderson, David A., "Freedom of the Press," 80 Tex. L. Rev. 429 (2002)
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.)(2006), Sect. 11.6.3
Stewart, J. "Or of the Press," 26 Hast. L.J. 631 (1975)
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