Bryant, Jackson Cases May Alter Court-Media Rules

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Rulings in the Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson cases may reshape settled First Amendment law, says the New York Times. The judges are trying to reconcile the rights and appetites of the press, the privacy of people who say they were sexually assaulted, and the fair-trial rights of celebrity defendants. In each case, the courts have ruled that the defendant's fame requires imposing greater restrictions on information released to the public. In the Bryant case, the Colorado Supreme Court imposed a prior restraint, barring news organizations from publishing information from a transcript mistakenly e-mailed to them . . .

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