Chandler v. Florida

LOCATION: 1980 Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden

DOCKET NO.: 79-1260
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: State appellate court

CITATION: 449 US 560 (1981)
ARGUED: Nov 12, 1980
DECIDED: Jan 26, 1981

Calvin L. Fox - Argued the cause for the appellee
Joel Hirschhorn - Argued the cause for the appellants
Jim Smith - Argued the cause for the appellee

Facts of the case

Two Miami Beach police officers were charged with burglarizing a local restaurant. Their trial gained much media attention. Local television stations televised a small portion of the trial, thanks to a recent Florida Supreme Court decision which permitted (with certain restrictions) electronic media to record judicial proceedings. Officers Chandler and Granger objected to the coverage and were found guilty as charged.


Does allowing radio, television, and still photographic coverage of a criminal trial for public broadcast violate the accused's right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments?

Media for Chandler v. Florida

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 12, 1980 in Chandler v. Florida

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 26, 1981 in Chandler v. Florida

Warren E. Burger:

I also have for announcement the judgment and opinion of the Court in 79-1260, Chandler against Florida.

And for reasons stated in an opinion filed this morning, the judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida is affirmed.

Justices Stewart and White filed opinions concurring in the judgment.

Justice Stevens took no part in the decision of this case.