Covering the Courts: A Handbook for Journalists, 2nd edition by S. L. Alexander

By S. L. Alexander

Distinct descriptions of every step of the judicial procedure in addition to advice from best reporters let for a finished research of court actions.

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33. , 1987); and S. L. Alexander, “Curious History,” Mass Comm Review 18:3 (1991): 31-37ff. 34. Joseph Costa, “Cameras in Courtrooms”(manuscript, Ball State University, 1980). 35. Ethel Stockton, interview by author, Ocala, Florida, 31 July 1989. 36. Canon 35, ABA Reports 62 (1937): 1134-1135. 37. Frank White, “Cameras in the Courtroom,” Journalism Monographs 60 (April 1979). 38. Estes v Texas, 381 US 532 (1965). 39. Estes v Texas, 615. 40. Canon 3A(7), Lawyers Manual on Professional Conduct (Chicago: ABA, 1982).

Com) maintain extensive databases for a fee. gov) that provides access to federal court records. PACER currently provides up to $10 a year of free access and charges seven cents a page thereafter. Court TV Online (www. com) is a free service that includes archival information, video clips, and breaking news on cases covered. org) with links to state and federal websites as well as information on public access to court records and related data privacy issues. 2 In 200 1, the US Judicial Conference-the twenty-seven-member governing body on federal courts-voted to allow online access to certain civil case files and, in 2002, to allow online access to records in high-profile criminal cases such as those involving the suspects in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Higher courts I Final judgment I I Court may remand for] I.............................. , when an ambassador is a party), but generally may hear an appeal only after the defendant has exhausted all appeals in his home state. Contrary to popular view, only certain cases may be appealed to the US Supreme Court. All nine US Supreme Court justices hear appeals en bane. Only about half of the 100 or so cases that they vote to hear each year (out of 5,000 requests) are criminal appeals from state courts.

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