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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Maryland v. Baltimore Radio Show
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A little girl was killed in Baltimore and the Baltimore Radio Show (Defendant) broadcast that the suspect, Eugene James, was in custody and had been charged with the murder. Defendant also stated that James had confessed to the murder and had a long criminal record, among other things. The State of Maryland charged Defendant with contempt. The trial court found Defendant guilty of contempt. The Court of Appeals of Maryland reversed, finding that the trial court’s holding violated the First Amendment. The State filed a petition for a writ of certiorari.
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