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A. The First Amendment presumption of access

A. The First Amendment presumption of access

Overview

Iowa

Article I, Section 7 of the Iowa Constitution affords an independent right for the public and press to attend court proceedings. Iowa Freedom of Information Council v. Wifvat, 328 N.W.2d 920, 923 (Iowa 1983). This access right “may give way under rare circumstances to other rights and interests such as a defendant’s right to a fair trial or the government’s interest in nondisclosure of sensitive information.” State v. Hightower, 276 N.W.2d 648, 650 (Iowa Ct. App. 1985).