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A. The First Amendment presumption of access

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

Maine

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court observed in dicta that the Supreme Court has recognized that “members of the public have a First Amendment right to access certain criminal proceedings.” In re. Bailey M., 2002 ME 12, ¶ 11, 788 A.2d 590.

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

1st Cir.

The First Circuit follows the Supreme Court’s decision Richmond Newspapers, Inc. and presumes a qualified First Amendment right of access to certain judicial proceedings and documents. See e.g., In re Boston Herald, Inc., 321 F.3d 174, 182 (1st Cir. 2003).

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court has recognized a First Amendment right of press and public access to criminal court proceedings. Minneapolis Star & Tribune Co. v. Kammeyer, 341 N.W.2d 550, 554–55 (Minn. 1983) (acknowledging that based on Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia, 448 U.S. 555 (1980), the press and the public have access to criminal trials); see also Austin Daily Herald v. Mork, 507 N.W.2d 854, 856 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993) (“There is a constitutional presumption of access to criminal trials.”).