Smorgasbord of Constitutional Issues |

Smorgasbord of Constitutional Issues

Remember Mason Reese? He was that precocious red-headed, mop-haired kid in the Underwood ham commercials years ago who declaimed that Underwood ham was “like a smorgasbord in a can.” Well, the Kobe Byrant case, recently delivered to the doorstep of our community, is much the same. It’s a smorgasbord of legal and constitutional issues if not exactly served up in can, then at least easily digestible within the confines of this column.

Of course, a huge constitutional issue, of which I am particularly fond, involves freedom of the press. If you only made it through the first full sentence of the Bill of Rights, you would have tripped over this fundamental freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law … abridging freedom of speech or of the press.”

Clearly, the battle this newspaper has been waging to compel release of the police dispatch records involved in the Bryant case, at

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