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Sheppard v Maxwell. An 8-1 Supreme court ruling on a case reviewing freedom of press. The Facts. He was accused of Killing Her because they became too influential. The Problem….

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sheppard v maxwell

Sheppard v Maxwell

An 8-1 Supreme court ruling on a case reviewing freedom of press

the facts
The Facts
  • He was accusedof Killing Her
  • because they became too influential
the problem
The Problem…
  • The press got too involved during the court case and freedom of press came into question.
  • According to oyez.com the press had

“repeated broadcasts of Sheppard confessing in detail to crimes he was later charged with, the blatant and hostile trial coverage by Cleveland's radio and print media, and the physical arrangement of the courtroom itself”

  • Due to the media’s influence, convicted of second degree murder.
  • trial was unfair because:
    • the press had interfered with his right in the 5th amendment
    • They had overstepped their privileges given by the 1st amendment
the reasoning
The reasoning
  • 1st amendment states the freedom of the press, overstepping of boundaries.
  • the media overstepped their boundaries by interfering with Sheppard’s 5th amendment.
  • The press had influenced the jurors instead of participating in an objectionable, unbiased, calm, courtroom.(oyez.com)
    • Papers told police to bring him in and they did.
the ruling
The ruling
  • The final ruling was an overwhelming 8 votes to 1 ruling for Sheppard, stating that the media did create an unfair trial for him.
  • So this case showed that the press did overstep their privilege from the 1st amendment.