"Just the facts ma'am": The Supreme Court says "no" to media ride-alongs.

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Frank A. Biafora

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January 1999

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August 2014




A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court restricting the scope and presence of the press during the execution of search/arrest warrants comes at the height of popularity of real-life crime TV. This paper explores this landmark court case within the context of our nation's voyeuristic thirst for real-life drama. Also discussed is the growing reciprocal relationship between law enforcement and the various media. While video for popular programs are often obtained at a cost of citizens' right to privacy, the authors of this paper argue that public display nevertheless plays an important function for our understanding of the criminal justice system.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 7(3), 15-25. Full text document is available through the open access link provided.




University of Albany. School of Criminal Justice

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