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First Amendment Creates Right of Access to Juror Questionnaires

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in In re Juror Questionnaires in United States v. Stone.  The case involves a motion filed by a social media activist seeking access to the juror questionnaires in the Roger [...]

By |2020-03-24T16:13:55-04:00March 19th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment Creates Right of Access to Juror Questionnaires

D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act Should Apply in Federal Court

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Tah v. Global Witness Publishing, Inc.  The case raises the issue of whether the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act applies in federal court.  The case concerns a defamation action brought by [...]

By |2020-03-24T16:12:10-04:00March 18th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act Should Apply in Federal Court

Seeking Prior Restraint Is Not Legitimate Petitioning Activity

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico in The New Mexican v. Public Service Co. of New Mexico and BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc. (“PNM” and “BHP”).  The case involves a prior restraint to prohibit The [...]

By |2020-03-24T16:09:08-04:00March 16th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Seeking Prior Restraint Is Not Legitimate Petitioning Activity

Government Consultant Records Should Not Fall Under FOIA Exemption

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc in Rojas v. FAA.  This case concerns a FOIA request made to the FAA by Rojas, an unsuccessful job applicant, for records from a consulting firm related to [...]

By |2020-03-09T19:36:33-04:00March 5th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Government Consultant Records Should Not Fall Under FOIA Exemption

Disclosure Provision in Penal Code Should Override CPRA Exemptions

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) sent to the Supreme Court of California regarding the case Becerra v. Superior Court.  The letter urges the court to depublish Part D of the California Court of Appeal’s decision in this case because it is contrary to the legislature’s purpose and [...]

By |2020-03-09T19:36:43-04:00February 28th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Disclosure Provision in Penal Code Should Override CPRA Exemptions

First Amendment, Common Law Right of Access to Victim Letters

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) sent to Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit regarding the case United States v. Madoff.  The letter asks that the court make available to the public any letters or communications from victims submitted in conjunction [...]

By |2020-03-10T22:19:09-04:00February 25th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment, Common Law Right of Access to Victim Letters

California’s Anti-SLAPP Fee-Shifting Should Apply in Federal Court

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in La Liberte v. Reid.  In this case, Roslyn La Liberte appeals the trial court’s dismissal of a defamation action she brought against journalist Joy Reid.  The amicus brief focuses solely [...]

By |2020-02-20T16:23:13-04:00February 19th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on California’s Anti-SLAPP Fee-Shifting Should Apply in Federal Court

Indiana Public Records Act Should Be Interpreted To Favor Openness

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Indiana Court of Appeals in Carroll County E911 v. Hasnie.  The appeal concerns an Indiana Access to Public Records Act request by Ms. Aishah Hasnie, a TV reporter at the time of her request, to Carroll County E911 for the [...]

By |2020-02-11T14:35:42-04:00February 5th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Indiana Public Records Act Should Be Interpreted To Favor Openness

Fee-Shifting in Anti-SLAPP Statute Not at Odds With Federal Rules

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Parekh v. CBS, a case concerning the applicability of the Florida anti-SLAPP statute’s fee-shifting provision in federal court.  The district court granted CBS’s motion to dismiss Parekh’s defamation action and [...]

By |2020-02-04T22:51:49-04:00February 3rd, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Fee-Shifting in Anti-SLAPP Statute Not at Odds With Federal Rules

Public Has Right of Access to Wiretap Materials After Probe Is Closed

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the California Court of Appeal Fourth Appellate District in M.G. v. Hestrin.  This case concerns a retired California Highway Patrol officer who was the target of a wiretap in Riverside County in 2015.  He sought access to the wiretap materials [...]

By |2020-02-04T22:49:44-04:00January 31st, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public Has Right of Access to Wiretap Materials After Probe Is Closed