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Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia

United States Supreme Court
448 U.S. 555 (1980)


The State of Virginia (defendant) tried and convicted Stevenson (defendant) of murder. The Virginia Supreme Court reversed Stevenson’s conviction on the ground that a piece of inculpatory evidence was improperly admitted at trial. Stevenson’s second and third trials ended in mistrials. The third trial resulted in a mistrial due to a juror having read newspaper articles and told other jurors about the inculpatory evidence that was improperly admitted in the first trial. Stevenson filed a motion seeking to close the fourth trial from the public. The trial court granted the motion with no accompanying findings. Richmond Newspapers, Inc. (plaintiff) intervened and appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)

Concurrence (Blackmun, J.)

Concurrence (Brennan, J.)

Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)

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