KPNX Broadcasting Co. v. Arizona Superior Ct.
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459 U.S. 1302 (1982)
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KPNX Broadcasting Co. v. Arizona Superior Ct., 459 U.S. 1302 (1982)
KPNX Broadcasting Co. v. Arizona Superior Court
Decided December 23, 1982
459 U.S. 1302
An application of a broadcasting company and several reporters and courtroom sketch artists to stay -- pending review in the Arizona Supreme Court -- orders of a state trial court that (1) prohibited court personnel, counsel, witnesses, and jurors in a murder case from speaking directly with the press, and (2) directed that all sketches of jurors be reviewed by the court before being broadcast on television, is denied. Given the procedural posture of this case, a stay is not warranted unless there is a risk of irreparable injury together with a demonstrable departure by the trial court from the law laid down in this Court's cases. Those elements are not present here.