Floyd Abrams, who has often stood up for the First Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court, was surprised by his latest victory. It came late last month when a state trial judge said that TV should not be kept out of the courtroom in the fiercely controversial Amadou Diallo case.

Joseph Teresi, a justice on the New York Supreme Court, ruled that “there is a presumptive First Amendment right of the press to televise court proceedings — and of the public to view these proceedings on television.”

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