Which Right Should Trumps?

Ito’s quandary:

Weighing the First and the Sixth.

The Constitution.

10/26/94

Simpson trial judge Lance Ito wasn’t the first judge who had to grapple with the need to balance the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of the right of a free press with the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a defendant’s right to a fair trial. In fact, just about every judge I assisted or advised on a trial of significant public interest had to consider the competing elements of those two Amendments.

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