United States Ninth Circuit

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A correctional institution's prohibition of the media and public's viewing of lethal injection executions amounts to an unreasonable restriction of the First Amendment right of the public to view executions, from the moment the condemned enters the death chamber.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/04/2001
  • Submitted 12/04/2001
  • Decided 08/02/2002
  • Published 08/02/2002


  • Before BRIGHT,B. FLETCHER and FISHER, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Ninth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Roger R. Myers and Lisa M. Sitkin, Steinhart & Falconer, San Francisco, CA, for the amici curiae Associated Press;  Cable News Network;  The Copley Press, Inc.;   The Hearst Corporation dba the San Francisco Chronicle;  Los Angeles Times Communications LLC dba the Los Angeles Times;  The McClatchy Company dba The Sacramento Bee;  Media News Group, Publisher of the Oakland Tribune and Marin Independent-Journal;  and The California Newspaper Publisher's Association.

  • For Appellees:
  • Thomas S. Patterson, Deputy Attorney General, San Francisco, CA, for the defendants-appellants., David M. Fried, (argued) Law Offices of David M. Fried;  Alan L. Schlosser, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, Jeffrey S. Ross, Craig E. Stewart and Michael J. Kass, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, San Francisco, CA, for the plaintiffs-appellees.

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