The Burger Court (1969–86)

First Amendment

Who were the actual reporters in the Branzburg case?

The reporters in the consolidated cases were Paul Branzburg of the Louisville Courier-Journal; Paul Pappas, a television reporter from New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Nat Caldwell of the New York Times. Branzburg wrote stories, such as “The Hash They Make Isn’t to Eat,” about two young people from Kentucky growing and selling hash. Pappas filmed the militant group the Black Panthers in a boarded-up store. Caldwell wrote a series of articles about the Black Panthers and other black militant groups.


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