Chandler v. Florida 449 U.S. 560 (1981)
CHANDLER v. FLORIDA 449 U.S. 560 (1981)
The Supreme Court here distinguished away estes v. texas (1965), in which it had held that the televising of a criminal trial violated due process of law because of the inherently prejudicial impact on criminal defendants. In Chandler an 8–0 Court ruled that the prejudicial effect must be actually shown by the facts of the particular case; Florida's statute, at issue here, imposed adequate safeguards on the use of electronic media in court, thereby insuring due process of law. Presumably the decision promoted freedom of the press and the principle of a public trial.
Leonard W. Levy
(see also: Free Press/Fair Trial.)
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