George W. Kelly


This paper argues that the Court's reasoning in Richmond provides a basis for a first amendment right to governmental information. Just as openness benefits the trial process, it further enhances the operation of government. To the extent that history justifies trial access, it also provides support for open information. As the Supreme Court has yet to decide the exact nature of the public's right of access to trials, this paper makes no effort to define precisely the extent of the right to information. It simply assumes that enough similarities exists between the two allowing a valid comparison. And it suggests that what the Court has done for one, it also should do for the other.