Vanderbilt Law Review

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The "violent human-interest story,"" that is, the crime story,has always been a great popular favorite: it is "news which appeals to the average person as the most interesting and exciting in the paper and on television."' In the past two decades, reporting on crime and the criminal justice process has ensnarled the press in a number of running battles with the courts. J. Edward Gerald's News of Crime: Courts and Press in Conflict recounts some of these conflicts. Gerald, who has taught journalism at a number of different universities, assays a short history of the controversies over prejudicial pretrial publicity, gag orders, courtroom closures, subpoenas to journalists, and cameras in the courtroom

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