The rights of an accused to a fair trial, and freedom of the press, both are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. Yet these constitutional guarantees, in collision, present one of the most critical current conflicts in the administration of criminal justice. The problem involves what is presently called "prejudicial news reporting" -news which is prejudicial to the right of the defendant to a fair trial. This paper will try to analyze this conflict, hoping to reach some conclusions which will ultimately aid in the administration of justice without abridging the rights of any parties involved.


Interdisciplinary - Law Symposium