O. J. and the right of access

There is much speculation on the long-range effects of the O.J. Simpson trial which is already rewriting the rules in nearly every area of the American legal system. In our democracy a primary concern is the citizen’s right to know; a right which must include access to our courts. This article examines the broadcaster’s role as guardian of the public interest as established by case law. It views the impact of the O.J. Simpson case on the legal system and public access within the historical context of television access to the courtroom.