Saxbe v. Washington Post Company

PETITIONER: Saxbe
RESPONDENT: Washington Post Company
LOCATION: Robert Welch Inc.

DOCKET NO.: 73-1265
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

CITATION: 417 US 843 (1974)
ARGUED: Apr 17, 1974
DECIDED: Jun 24, 1974

ADVOCATES:
Joseph A. Califano, Jr. - for respondents
Robert H. Bork - for petitioners

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 17, 1974 in Saxbe v. Washington Post Company

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 24, 1974 in Saxbe v. Washington Post Company

Potter Stewart:

Finally I am authorized to announce the opinion and judgment in the Court in 73-1265, William B. Saxbe, Attorney General of the United State versus the Washington Post Company, a case which is here writ of certiorari to the United State Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The respondents are a major metropolitan newspaper and one of its reporters.

They initiated this litigation to challenge the constitutionality of a rule of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which prohibits personal interviews between newsmen and individually designated federal prison inmates except in minimum security institution.

The District Court for the District of Columbia held that this federal prison rule is constitutionally invalid and its judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

For the reasons set out in the Court opinion filed today and amplified in the court opinion in the California prison case that I have just announced, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

Mr. Justice Douglas has filed a dissenting opinion which Mr. Justice Brennan and Mr. Justice Marshall have joined.

Mr. Justice Powell has, likewise, filed a dissenting opinion which Mr. Justice Brennan and Mr. Justice Marshall have also joined.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you Mr. Justice Stewart.