No. 83-321.

467 U.S. 39 (1984)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 21, 1984

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Herbert Shafer argued the cause for petitioners in both cases. With him on the briefs were Charles Lister, Charles R. Smith, Burt Neuborne, and Charles S. Sims.

Mary Beth Westmoreland, Assistant Attorney General of Georgia, argued the cause for respondent in both cases. With her on the brief were Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, James P. Googe, Jr., Executive Assistant Attorney General, Marion O. Gordon, First Assistant Attorney General, William B. Hill, Jr., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Lewis R. Slaton, and H. Allen Moye.

Briefs of amici curiae were filed for the United States by Solicitor General Lee, Assistant Attorney General Trott, Deputy Solicitor General Frey, and Alan I. Horowitz; and for the State of Arizona by Robert K. Corbin, Attorney General.

JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.

These cases require us to decide the extent to which a hearing on a motion to suppress evidence may be closed to the public over the objection of the defendant consistently with the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment right to a public trial.


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