Bringing Light to the Halls of Shadow
Richard J. Peltz-Steele
University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth
Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, p. 291, 2007
Appellate judges operate in the shadows. Though they don’t see it that way. “We are judged by what we write,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. True too, court proceedings and records are presumptively open to the public. The West Wing of the White House is certainly not so vulnerable to public scrutiny, and the backrooms of legislative chambers are famously smoke-filled. Yet the parts of court activity that we see and hear seem only to whet our appetite for the rest of the process. In this Preface, the author introduces the subject of the journalist and the court, whetting the reader's appetite for articles by Lyle Denniston, Tony Mauro, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, and Robert Craig Waters.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: journalist, reporter, press, journalism, judiciary, court, secrecy
JEL Classification: K40, K41, K49, L82Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 2, 2010
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