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Transparency focus of discussion between journalists, lawyers, and public

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Transparency was the topic of discussion among journalists, lawyers, and the public Wednesday. 

The discussion specifically centered around the death of Darrius Stewart.

The day following the Department of Justice announcement that no civil rights charges would be brought against Connor Schilling in Stewart's death, the University of Memphis law school became a place of open communication between journalists and legal experts.

"The legislator wants transparency, because that's what the citizens want," Stewart family attorney Arthur Horne said.

The transparency discussion involved talking about what media and the public should be able to see.

It's a point attorneys in the Darrius Stewart case had differing opinions on. 

Arthur Quinn, attorney for Connor Schilling, questioned Horne's use of a press conference for the media and the public.

"It's usually being held by one party," Quinn said. "That's not appropriate, and it's not really giving them the full picture."

Quinn said his priority, above all, is his client.

"My job on every case is to represent that person," Quinn said. "I can't be worried about the policies or what's happened around the country."

For Horne, every piece of information matters.

"I think it's important that the community knows what's going on," Horne said. "So that people don't have to guess."

Two different views on what the public should be able to view. But, a conversation both said will continue to change as time goes on and more cases test the current boundaries of transparency. 

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