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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Houchins v. KQED
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Houchins (Petitioner) is the Sheriff of Alameda County and controls access to the county jail. KQED (Respondent) operates a radio and television station. Respondent reported that a county jail prisoner committed suicide. The report included a statement by a psychiatrist that the jail condition was responsible for the prisoner actions. Respondent requested permission to inspect and photograph the facility but was denied. At the time there was no formal policy regarding public access to the jail. But Petitioner established tours of the facility that was open to the public. Not all areas were viewed and no recording devices were permitted on the tour.
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