In the conflict between media access to a trial and a defendant's right to a fair trial, the Supreme Court has
A. generally restricted press access to a trial.
B. rarely considered whether the person is a public figure.
C. generally permitted press access to most stages of the legal proceedings.
D. relied on the defendant's feelings to determine if the press should have access to the trial.
E. made total media access the norm after the O. J. Simpson trial.
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The best answer to this question is Option C. The courts have consistently held that the media should be allowed access to most parts of the legal process. This does not mean that the media necessarily has the right to broadcast these proceedings, but they are generally allowed some degree of access.
The press has access to all trials in the adult legal system. The major restriction on this access is that there is no right to broadcast all trials. In fact, in the federal court system, the media is not allowed to broadcast any trials at all. The state courts have been more willing to allow media broadcasts (as with the O.J. Simpson trial), but they have not held that there is an inherent right to be allowed to broadcast.
Even though there is no right to broadcast, the media does have the right to be present at and to report on most stages of the legal process. Therefore, Option C is the best answer.
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