Houchins v. KQED
Significance, Freedom To Gather News, The Press Serves The Public, Impact, Talk Radio In The United States
Thomas L. Houchins, Sheriff of the County of Alameda, California
That the news media has no special constitutional right of access to a county jail beyond that of the public to interview, photograph, and sound record inmates and the facility for publication and broadcasting purposes.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Kelvin H. Booty, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
William Bennett Turner
Justices for the Court
Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens (Harry A. Blackmun and Thurgood Marshall did not participate)
Date of Decision
26 June 1978
Upheld Houchins's claim and overturned and remanded [sent back] the two lower courts' findings that the news media has substantially unrestricted access rights to Alameda County Jail facilities.
- Grosjean v. American Press Co., 297 U.S. 233 (1936).
- New York Times Company v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971).
- Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665 (1972).
- Pell v. Procunier, 417 U.S. 817 (1974).
- Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc., 435 U.S. 589 (1978).
- Cohen v. Cowles Media Co., 501 U.S. 663 (1991).
First Amendment Center--Press, http://www.fac.org/press/press97.htm. Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc., 1995.
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