Trial Over George Floyd Killing | Join the Conversation About Open Courts & Racial Justice

The world will be watching as the trial over George Floyd's killing opens this month. Join us for a look at how the First Amendment’s promise of public trials is playing out in an American courtroom amid the pandemic.
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The world will be watching as the trial over George Floyd’s killing opens this month. Join us for a look at how the First Amendment’s promise of public trials is playing out in an American courtroom amid the pandemic.

The trial of a former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is being broadcast live, allowing the public to determine for themselves if what is taking place is just and fair. Join us for a special discussion on the role open courts play in our understanding of the justice system.

Wednesday, March 24, 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET

Featuring Leita Walker, First Amendment attorney in Ballard Spahr’s Minneapolis office and lead counsel for a media coalition in the George Floyd case, who successfully challenged a gag order and won greater public access to judicial records and proceedings, including cameras in court; David L. Hudson Jr., First Amendment scholar and assistant professor of law at Belmont University College of the Law, who is the lead author of the forthcoming guide on court access; and David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, an open-government lawyer and former Washington Post reporter, who is a contributor to the forthcoming guide on court access. Moderated by Soraya Ferdman, staff writer, First Amendment Watch.

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