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A. The First Amendment presumption of access

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

Alaska

The state follows the precedents set forth by the Supreme Court, and has stated that it intends to useRichmond Newspapers Inc. asthe foundation for open courts cases. “The function that a public trial serves has been eloquently detailed in the watershed case.” Renkel v. State, 807 P.2d 1087, 1989 (Alaska App. 1991).

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

New Mexico

New Mexico courts have found some First Amendment protection in the dissemination of discovered material, subject to the limits of Rule 26(c). See Does v. Roman Catholic Church, 122 N.M. 307, 942 P.2d 273 (Ct. App. 1996). In Pincheria v. Allstate Ins. Co., 144 N.M.

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

Arkansas

The Supreme Court of Arkansas upheld Article 2, § 10, of the Arkansas Constitution, which “provides that an accused in a criminal prosecution shall ‘enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.’” Commercial Printing Co. v. Lee, 553 S.W.2d 270, 273 (Ark. 1977). The case goes further to say, “After all, members of the public have an interest in the trial of one charged with a felony, for a crime is a wrong against the public, and affects every citizen.” Id. That right to access is not absolute, however.