327 So.2d 1 (Fla. 1976), 46835, Petition of Post-Newsweek Station, Florida, Inc. for Change in Code of Judicial Conduct

Docket Nº:46835.
Citation:327 So.2d 1
Opinion Judge:Author: Roberts
Party Name:Petition of POST-NEWSWEEK STATIONS, FLORIDA, INC. FOR CHANGE IN CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT.
Attorney:Talbot D'Alemberte, Steel, Hector & Davis, Miami, for petitioner.
Case Date:January 28, 1976
Court:Supreme Court of Florida
 
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327 So.2d 1 (Fla. 1976)

Petition of POST-NEWSWEEK STATIONS, FLORIDA, INC. FOR CHANGE IN CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT.

No. 46835.

Supreme Court of Florida.

January 28, 1976

Talbot D'Alemberte, Steel, Hector & Davis, Miami, for petitioner.

Joseph C. Jacobs, Ervin, Varn, Jacobs & Odom, Tallahassee, for the Florida Association of Broadcasters, Inc.

Parker Lee McDonald, Chairman, Orlando, for the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.

Richard C. McFarlain, Asst. Director, Tallahassee, for The Florida Bar.

Robert Eagan, State Atty., and Donald A. Lykkebak, Asst. State Atty., for the State of Florida.

Ellis S. Rubin, Ellis Rubin Law Offices, P.A., Miami, for Rommie L. Loudd.

A. Broaddus Livingston, Chairman, Tampa, and Larry S. Stewart, Chairman-Elect, Miami, for Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.

C. Gary Williams, Ausley, McMullen, McGehee, Carothers & Proctor, Tallahassee, for Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, Southeast Region and Greater Miami Chapter, intervenor.

Richard E. Gerstein, State's Atty., and N. Joseph Durant, Jr., Chief Asst. State's Atty., for Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

Harold Peter Barkas, Miami, for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, amicus curiae.

INTERLOCUTORY DECISION

ROBERTS and SUNDBERG, Justices.

Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc. filed a petition for modification of Canon 3A(7) of the Code of Judicial Conduct of the State of Florida to the extent of allowing the televising of judicial proceedings and for the adoption of a rule in relation thereto proposed by the petitioner. In our Order, May 21, 1975, this Court denied that portion of the petition which seeks approval of the substitute of Canon 3A(7) proposed by the petitioner but granted the portion which seeks a reexamination of the Canon for the purpose of making the Court's own revision, if such should be deemed appropriate.

The petition for change is opposed by (1) The Florida Bar, (2) the Conference of Circuit Judges, (3) the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, (4) Chairman of the Judicial Qualifications Commission expressing a personal view, and (5) others. Pursuant to the entry of our Order on May 21, 1975, the Court received various materials both pro and con in relation to the subject and observed a television video

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