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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Branzburg v. Hayes
Citation:408 U.S. 665 (1972)
In 1969, the Courier-Journal carried a story under petitioner’s by-line describing in detail his observations of two young residents of Jefferson County synthesizing hashish from marijuana, an activity which, they asserted, earned them about $5,000 in three weeks. The article included a photograph of a pair of hands working above a laboratory table on which was substance identified by the caption as hashish. The article stated that petitioner had promised not to reveal the identity of the two hashish makers. Petitioner refused to identify the individuals he had seen possessing marijuana or the persons he had seen making hashish from marijuana. Petitioners claim that to gather news it is often necessary to agree either not to identify the source of information published or to publish only part of the facts revealed, or both.
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