The wording of the First and the Sixth Amendments sometimes creates a conflict between a free press and a fair trial. The 1st Amendment guarantees freedom of the press, while the 6th guarantees the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the State. Most journalists defend the public's right to know, arguing that detailed, accessible information results in a constituency who better understands the legal process. Those on the other hand of the issue claim a fair trial cannot be guaranteed if too much information about a case and the parties involved--particularly inadmissable evidence or prior convictions--are accessible to the public, especially the jury.
The purpose of this website is to explore the Supreme Court cases in which this issue has surfaced as well as the decisions made by the honorable judges.