The unsigned eight-page opinion says that a 1984 Supreme Court
opinion established a First Amendment right of the public and press to
attend a trial, including jury selection. The high court also ruled in
1984 that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a public trial also extends
to pretrial hearings.
What the court had never declared until
Tuesday is that the Sixth Amendment – not just the First Amendment –
guarantees that jury selection is part of the public portion of a trial.
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