University of Miami Law Review


Dennis Scholl


Several months after this symposium, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia, holding that the Constitution implicitly guarantees the right of the public to attend a criminal trial, which a court must keep open to the public, absent an express finding of an overriding interest. This note explores the numerous opinions in Richmond Newspapers to determine whether that case has expanded access rights since the recent decision in Gannett Co. v. DePasquale. The author reconciles the two decisions and concludes that the issues raised in the symposium remain vital.