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This decision cannot be deferred to security providers or presumptively answered by routine policies. Others have allowed procedures like immigration detainers to continue the detention of individuals that the court has ordered released, even without probable cause. United States, 46 Loy. Sanchez-Gomez , F. It therefore threatens not only underlying constitutional rights to public access, but also the notions of democratic legitimacy with which they are closely associated.
But for courts or other parties concerned with the risks posed by dress code enforcement at the courthouse steps, constitutional doctrine already offers a viable remedy. This Note argues that the Sixth Amendment right to public trials offers a powerful tool to significantly curtail exclusions based on attire and to relocate that decision with judges and constitutional law. Part I outlines possible avenues for challenging courthouse dress codes and explains the advantages of a Sixth Amendment claim over First Amendment challenges. Part II surveys lower court doctrine, considering the obstacles that courts might raise to such a challenge and offering a roadmap for defendants in avoiding them.
Part III offers preliminary observations on the likely outcomes of the Sixth Amendment claim and the changes it should bring to the practice of courthouses across the country. Presley v. Georgia, U. Waller v. In Waller v. See infra Part II, pp. The greatest strength of the Sixth Amendment right, however, is the remedy for its violation. The right belongs to the defendant, and only the defendant can assert it.
See Gannett Co. DePasquale, U. When it is violated at trial or voir dire, prejudice need not be shown, and reversal of a conviction is the required remedy. See Waller , U. United States, U. In Presley v. But Presley was not simply a straightforward application of Waller : rather, the Court adopted a powerful formulation of the public trial right and placed new, affirmative duties on trial courts.
This powerful obligation, framed in sweeping terms, recognizes the affirmative duty of judges to make sure members of the public are not unnecessarily excluded from courtrooms. Decisions about exclusion are therefore properly, and indeed necessarily, placed with judges. Lower courts have taken these cues from Presley , and a renewed expansion of the Sixth Amendment right has begun. Simonson, supra note 22, at — Another potential avenue to challenge courthouse dress codes is the First Amendment right of public access to criminal trials.
Richmond Newspapers, Inc. Virginia, U. The First Amendment doctrine is in some respects identical to that under the Sixth Amendment: the four-part Waller test was actually wholly transplanted from the First Amendment context, where it was first articulated in Press-Enterprise Co.
Superior Court. Sixth Amendment doctrine has followed First Amendment doctrine in other ways, too — Presley , for example, relied on First Amendment precedent to extend the Sixth Amendment right to voir dire. See Presley , U. Still, there is no legitimate reason, at least in the context of juror selection proceedings, to give one who asserts a First Amendment privilege greater rights to insist on public proceedings than the accused has.
But the differences between the Sixth Amendment and First Amendment rights are not merely formal. The First Amendment right belongs to, and must be asserted by, the public — not the defendant. Simonson, supra note 22, at Superior Court, U. Courthouse dress codes might also be attacked for violating the free speech rights of members of the public. See U. I; see also Goldschmidt, supra note 1, at 63— See Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Johnson, U. Washington, U. Even if it did, so long as interests like preserving courtroom decorum were deemed unrelated to suppressing free expression, the relatively relaxed standard of United States v.
And even if the dress code failed this undemanding test, it could nonetheless be defended as an allowable restriction of speech on government property. Allen, F. Lee, U. Among these three potential options, opponents of courthouse dress codes would do best to pursue the Sixth Amendment claim. The previous sections explored some of the doctrinal obstacles to the free speech challenge. But for both potential First Amendment claims, whether public access or free speech, the greatest shortcomings, and therefore the greatest advantages of the Sixth Amendment claim, are practical ones.
Start with the free speech challenge. Even if a person excluded from the courthouse perhaps for wearing a tank top could raise a viable free speech claim, he would have little opportunity or incentive to do so. Because the decision to exclude is made by a security guard, there is no judgment, no reason-giving, and no chance to appeal.
The most famous courthouse dress code case demonstrates this shortcoming by virtue of the fact that it is not a courthouse dress code case at all. In Cohen v. California , U. See id. But he was not excluded from the courthouse. Although the arrest took place in a courthouse corridor, Cohen was charged with violating a statute that criminalized offensive conduct in a variety of public places. In fact, while Cohen was in the courtroom, a police officer sent a note to the judge suggesting that Cohen be held in contempt — the judge, however, declined to delegate his authority to courthouse security.
The free speech issue was therefore litigated only because it resulted in criminal charges. Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, U. See Ziglar v. Abbasi, S. The First Amendment public access claim is similarly unlikely to generate much litigation. While it is doctrinally more attractive to people who are excluded, they have little incentive to litigate the claim at all. But for the vast majority of cases, in the vast majority of courtrooms, there will be no press interest at all, let alone motivation to litigate a courtroom closure.
The claim is therefore unlikely to be raised often enough to pose a serious challenge to courthouse dress codes. The Sixth Amendment claim, in contrast, has its incentive built in. While putative audience members could not raise it on their own behalves, defendants have every reason to — a violation of the public trial right is structural error that will result in automatic reversal in the event of a conviction. This promise is therefore even more enticing than damages, and it could and should be raised as a matter of course by defense lawyers.
It may be objected that, in some cases, the disadvantages of raising the claim will outweigh the potential benefits. But many defendants likely want their family and friends present. This is exactly the sort of decision that defense attorneys should empower their clients to make. And if lawyers fail to raise it, judges should consider it themselves. This obligation should include examining the rules that govern the courts judges administer to ensure that they do not exclude more people than the Constitution allows. While Part III will consider in greater depth the likely outcomes of successful claims, it should take only one or two successes or even the threat of a future success in any given jurisdiction to bring down unconstitutional dress codes.
Rather than risk reversal of resource-intensive convictions, courts are likely to change their rules preemptively. These changes would result in benefits to the public, who will be more free to observe the workings of criminal courts; defendants, who will see a more representative criminal court audience; and the criminal justice system as a whole, which will be reminded of the duty of judges to ensure compliance with the Constitution.
A Sixth Amendment attack on courthouse dress codes is not just theoretically powerful — it is also viable under current doctrine. This Part argues that the four-part Waller inquiry requiring an overriding interest, narrow tailoring, consideration of alternatives, and on-the-record findings should apply to dress code exclusions and identifies the major objections to this claim. It concludes that in nearly all jurisdictions, such a claim is viable. In jurisdictions where doctrinal obstacles prove insurmountable, those doctrines are unjustified in light of Supreme Court precedent. See Saetveit, supra note 31, at n.
Two pieces of student writing have undertaken excellent surveys of lower-court doctrine. This Note, greatly indebted to their careful research, extends it to a context that neither considers — exclusions of the public based on manner of dress. Saetveit, supra note 31, at This Part does not undertake an actual Waller inquiry into any specific dress code exclusion — a limited foray into that analysis is presented in Part III.
Rather, it argues that the Waller inquiry is well suited to dress code exclusions, as a matter of both first principles and lower-court doctrine. As Professor Stephen E. See Stephen E. While he does not consider dress code exclusions, the arguments in this context are at least as strong. This is particularly true for dress code violations, where the alternative is unguided and unreviewable decisions by courthouse security, sheltered from constitutional scrutiny.
While Professor Jocelyn Simonson argues persuasively that the right should apply to almost all courtroom proceedings, see Simonson, supra note 22, at —19, that argument is outside the scope of this Note. This Part considers in turn the intent or affirmative act requirement, triviality doctrine, partial closures, and the requirement of evidence of actual exclusion. It then considers specific arguments that might be raised against the novel dress code claim and outlines the basic strategy that defense attorneys should follow in pursuing the claim.
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This Part is not an in-depth survey of the law in every state and circuit; rather, it flags the major obstacles that attorneys should look out for in raising jurisdiction-specific claims. Original Rules 65 and 73 contained substantially identical provisions for summary proceedings against sureties on bonds required or permitted by the rules. There was fragmentary coverage of the same subject in the Admiralty Rules. Clearly, a single comprehensive rule is required, and is incorporated as Rule New subdivision f is added in conjunction with abrogation of the antiquated Copyright Rules of Practice adopted for proceedings under the Copyright Act.
Courts have naturally turned to Rule 65 in response to the apparent inconsistency of the former Copyright Rules with the discretionary impoundment procedure adopted in , 17 U.
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Rule 65 procedures also have assuaged well-founded doubts whether the Copyright Rules satisfy more contemporary requirements of due process. See, e. Netcom On-Line Communications Servs. Doe , F. A common question has arisen from the experience that notice of a proposed impoundment may enable an infringer to defeat the court's capacity to grant effective relief. Impoundment may be ordered on an ex parte basis under subdivision b if the applicant makes a strong showing of the reasons why notice is likely to defeat effective relief.
Such no-notice procedures are authorized in trademark infringement proceedings, see 15 U. See Matter of Vuitton et Fils S. White , F. In applying the tests for no-notice relief, the court should ask whether impoundment is necessary, or whether adequate protection can be had by a less intrusive form of no-notice relief shaped as a temporary restraining order. This new subdivision f does not limit use of trademark procedures in cases that combine trademark and copyright claims. Some observers believe that trademark procedures should be adopted for all copyright cases, a proposal better considered by Congressional processes than by rulemaking processes.
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