Caroline M Flahive, Colleen G Peregrin, Kathryn E Speed, Annette M Taylor


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Although the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 524 (1989), upheld press rights to publish truthful information lawfully obtained from court records, the press is often challenged when it reveals the identities of crime victims. Caroline Flahive’s paper explores the ongoing conflict between rights of public and press to access government records and the privacy rights of crime victims. Kathryn Speed examines journalists’ rights to access juvenile courts and information concerning juvenile offenders through 10 years of case law in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers states in the western U.S. Colleen Peregrin investigates the press’s right to be present during military Article 32 hearings and whether this violates the defendant’s right to a fair trial, as the military suggested in the case ABC Inc. vs Powell, 47 M.J. 363 (1997). The paper explores cases in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and U.S. Court of Military Appeals, as well as U.S. Supreme Court cases on open courts.

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Course Project - Undergraduate

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Annette M. Taylor

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Stander Symposium project

Media Law: Press Access to Courts and Court Documents