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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 139-140. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart establishes the public’s right to attend criminal trials and the right of the press to attend on behalf of the the public that cannot, or chooses not, to do so. There shall be no Star Chamber in the United States. We shall know how our judges and prosecutors operate. We shall know what goes on inside the courtroom, for the doors shall be open.

Mark Scherer has succeeded in making this narrative of constitutional brainstorming, brief writing, and appellate arguing most exciting. It is a story well told. My hope is that he’s sitting at a desk somewhere right now working on another book.