In Greenfield, Mass., yesterday, a Superior Court judge allowed news photographers to take courtroom photographs of a suspect in a murder. The judge ruled that the press has a clear constitutional right to be present during routine court proceedings.
The question of press rights to photograph the suspect arose earlier in the week at his arraignment on misdemeanor larceny charges. He has not been charged in the murder, but prosecutors have identified him as a "person of interest" in the slaying.
A report on the ruling is available via the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.