Irvin v. Dowd 366 U.S. 717 (1961)

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IRVIN v. DOWD 366 U.S. 717 (1961)

The Supreme Court ordered a new trial for a convicted mass murderer in Indiana on the ground that extensive pretrial coverage of the case by newspapers and radio had made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial, even after one change of venue to a nearby county. In his opinion for the Court, Justice tom c. clark noted that two-thirds of the jurors had been familiar with the facts of the case and believed Irvin to be guilty of the crimes. Justice felix frankfurter used this occasion for one of his patented denunciations of overzealous reporting in criminal cases.

Michael E. Parrish