Bringing Light to the Halls of Shadow

Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, p. 291, 2007

8 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010

See all articles by Richard J. Peltz-Steele

Richard J. Peltz-Steele

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: journalist, reporter, press, journalism, judiciary, court, secrecy

JEL Classification: K40, K41, K49, L82

Suggested Citation

Peltz-Steele, Richard J., Bringing Light to the Halls of Shadow (2007). Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, p. 291, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1669702

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