Arizona Bill Restricting Coverage of Policing Is Clearly Unconstitutional

Participated in a letter (with the National Press Photographers Association and other amici) sent to the Arizona House Appropriations Committee concerning HB 2319, a bill under consideration that would prohibit recording a law enforcement officer from within 15 feet without permission.  The letter explains that the proposed legislation plainly violates the free speech and press [...]

By |2022-02-22T20:54:13-04:00February 18th, 2022|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Arizona Bill Restricting Coverage of Policing Is Clearly Unconstitutional

Personal Liability of Federal Officials at Issue in Supreme Court Case

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Egbert v. Boule.  The case hinges on the question of whether federal officials can be held personally liable for damages when they retaliate against individuals engaged in First Amendment activities.  This is an issue with important consequences for members of [...]

By |2022-01-28T19:46:36-04:00January 26th, 2022|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Personal Liability of Federal Officials at Issue in Supreme Court Case

California Retraction Statute Imposes Burden on Smaller News Outlets

Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of California in Ukraine Relief, et al. v. Gurzhiy.  We participated in this case previously in the California Court of Appeal.  The case concerns three allegedly defamatory articles published by Gurzhiy’s online news outlet, The Slavic Sacramento.  Both the trial [...]

By |2022-01-31T20:54:11-04:00January 20th, 2022|Law & Policy|Comments Off on California Retraction Statute Imposes Burden on Smaller News Outlets

Prior Restraint Against New York Times Should Be Vacated Immediately

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and 62 other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, Second Department in Project Veritas v. New York Times Co.  On Dec. 24, 2021, a New York trial court entered an order continuing a restraint on the New [...]

By |2022-01-28T19:56:31-04:00January 12th, 2022|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Prior Restraint Against New York Times Should Be Vacated Immediately

Government’s Pre-Publication Review System Is Subject to First Amendment

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in Edgar v. Haines.  The brief supports a First Amendment challenge to the national security pre-publication review system, urging the Supreme Court to take up an appeal by the ACLU and Knight First Amendment [...]

By |2022-01-31T20:52:10-04:00December 29th, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Government’s Pre-Publication Review System Is Subject to First Amendment

House Jan. 6 Committee Should Not Subpoena Journalist’s Phone Records

Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and 54 other amici) filed with the House Select Committee To Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.  The matter involves freelance photojournalist Amy Harris, who filed a complaint to block enforcement of a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. [...]

By |2022-02-01T21:23:34-04:00December 22nd, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on House Jan. 6 Committee Should Not Subpoena Journalist’s Phone Records

N.Y. Court Should Set Higher Bar for Protecting Anonymous Internet Speech

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the   Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, Second Department in Robert F. Kennedy Jr. v. Kos Media, LLC.  The case concerns an individual who authored a post on the digital media website Daily Kos under the [...]

By |2022-02-03T16:12:51-04:00December 22nd, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on N.Y. Court Should Set Higher Bar for Protecting Anonymous Internet Speech

Delaying Access to Court Records Violates Public’s First Amendment Rights

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Courthouse News Service, et al. v. Glessner.  The case concerns recent amendments to Maine’s Rules of Electronic Court Systems (“RECS”) that delay public access to newly filed civil complaints.  Courthouse News Service and other [...]

By |2022-02-01T21:21:20-04:00December 15th, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Delaying Access to Court Records Violates Public’s First Amendment Rights

Health Department’s COVID-19 Records Should Be Open to Public

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce v. Evers.  This case concerns the Wisconsin Department of Public Health’s plan to release the names of businesses employing at least 25 people where at least two employees have tested positive [...]

By |2022-02-02T21:50:59-04:00November 30th, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Health Department’s COVID-19 Records Should Be Open to Public

Persistent, Targeted Camera Surveillance Poses First Amendment Risks

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Tuggle v. United States.  This case from the Seventh Circuit involves the question of whether the government may engage in long-term, targeted camera surveillance of a home without the need to obtain a warrant or demonstrate individualized [...]

By |2022-02-07T21:15:27-04:00November 11th, 2021|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Persistent, Targeted Camera Surveillance Poses First Amendment Risks
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