A Good Quarrel: America's Top Legal Reporters Share Stories by Prof. Timothy R. Johnson, Jerry Goldman

By Prof. Timothy R. Johnson, Jerry Goldman

The country's best criminal journalists touch upon and research probably the most very important oral arguments in fresh courtroom background

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Supreme Court. Not only are the cases of interest to many Americans, but many Americans are directly affected by what the high court decides. The justices’ primary concern appears to be that television might give a distorted view of how the Court operates in that arguments would be edited for the evening news. This is inevitably correct. Complex issues would be reduced to simpli‹ed sound bites and narration. It does not necessarily follow, however, that the distortion that editing cre- 40 | a g o o d q ua r r e l ates would in any way harm the Court or that the editing would differ in any meaningful way from that in the print media.

2 But amid the pessimism, the four women who took turns at the microphone on that day also expressed a hardheaded determination not to surrender. The ‹rst to speak, Kathryn Kolbert, an ACLU lawyer in Philadelphia, announced to reporters that a new appeal had just been ‹led at the Supreme Court in a Pennsylvania abortion case; the lawyers had put it on a fast track in hopes of getting it decided before the Court ‹nished its 1991 term the following summer. Kolbert commented, “We have presented one question and only one question to the nine justices: Has the Supreme Court overruled Roe v.

Com. The Rhetorical Battle over Roe | 43 november 7, 1991, was a day of remembrance and symbolism for the women’s rights movement in America. It was the seventy‹fth anniversary of the day that feminist Jeannette Rankin became the ‹rst woman to win election to Congress. C. The year 1991, Strossen also remembered, was the two hundredth anniversary of the rati‹cation of the Bill of Rights. But she and the other feminist leaders holding a press conference that day were not in a celebrating mood. Said Strossen, “If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v.

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