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Maryland v. Baltimore Radio Show

United States Supreme Court
338 U.S. 912 (1950)


Facts

A little girl was killed in Baltimore and the Baltimore Radio Show (Radio Show) (defendant) broadcast that the suspect, Eugene James, was in custody and had been charged with the murder. The Radio Show also stated that James had confessed to the murder and had a long criminal record, among other things. The State of Maryland (State) charged the Radio Show with contempt. The trial court found the Radio Show guilty of contempt. The Court of Appeals of Maryland reversed, finding that the trial court’s holding violated the First Amendment. The State filed a petition for a writ of certiorari.

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