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Allowing Defamation Suit Against Journalist Deserves Rehearing

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.  The brief supports the motion of MSNBC journalist Joy Reid for rehearing or rehearing en banc of the Second Circuit’s decision in this case, which reversed [...]

By |2020-08-26T17:53:45-04:00August 14th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Allowing Defamation Suit Against Journalist Deserves Rehearing

Police Disciplinary Records Should Be Made Public After Repeal of Ban

Participated in two amicus briefs (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio.  The cases stem from the repeal of Section 50-a of the New [...]

By |2020-08-26T17:26:10-04:00August 13th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Police Disciplinary Records Should Be Made Public After Repeal of Ban

Warrantless Border Searches of Devices Violate First Amendment

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 Alasaad v. Wolf.  The central question in this case is whether the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement can be extended to electronic devices, including those of journalists.  [...]

By |2020-08-10T19:07:34-04:00August 7th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Warrantless Border Searches of Devices Violate First Amendment

Nondisclosure Agreement Violates Right To Engage in Political Speech

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Denson v. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.  The central question in this class-action lawsuit is whether the nondisclosure agreement that the defendant, the president’s campaign, requires all employees [...]

By |2020-08-07T19:21:23-04:00August 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Nondisclosure Agreement Violates Right To Engage in Political Speech

FOIA Exemption 5’s Deliberative Process Privilege Overused, Abused

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fish & Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club.  This case concerns the applicability of FOIA Exemption 5’s deliberative process privilege to the disclosure of certain documents prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National [...]

By |2020-08-07T20:18:40-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on FOIA Exemption 5’s Deliberative Process Privilege Overused, Abused

Single-Publication Rule Applies to Internet Publishing

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Lokhova v. Halper.  This case concerns a defamation action by Svetlana Lokhova, a Russian-born graduate student, against several national print and broadcast outlets (collectively, the “News Organizations”) and Stefan Halper.  [...]

By |2020-08-07T20:18:57-04:00July 31st, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Single-Publication Rule Applies to Internet Publishing

Ninth Circuit Urged To Proceed With Unsealing of Video Recording

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Perry v. Hollingsworth.  This is a case in which we participated at the district court level concerning access to the video recording of the 2010 Proposition 8 trial.  The proponents appealed [...]

By |2020-08-06T18:48:46-04:00July 27th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Ninth Circuit Urged To Proceed With Unsealing of Video Recording

Duty To Warn Journalist Demands Careful Scrutiny of FOIA Denial

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Committee To Protect Journalists v. CIA.  The case concerns FOIA requests made by CPJ and the Knight Institute to the CIA, FBI, NSA, ODNI, and State Department.  The FOIA requests [...]

By |2020-07-29T20:28:56-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Duty To Warn Journalist Demands Careful Scrutiny of FOIA Denial

Iowa County Attorney Asked To Dismiss Charges Against Reporter

Participated with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and 166 other media organizations, outlets, and individuals in a letter to the county attorney of Polk County, Iowa, in the pending criminal case State of Iowa v. Andrea M. Sahouri.  Ms. Sahouri is a reporter for the Des Moines Register who was covering a local [...]

By |2020-07-24T17:52:21-04:00July 14th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Iowa County Attorney Asked To Dismiss Charges Against Reporter

Federal Computer Hacking Statute Should Be Construed Narrowly

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Buren v. United States.  This is the first time the Supreme Court has considered the appropriate scope of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  In this case, a police officer in Georgia [...]

By |2020-07-28T18:57:44-04:00July 8th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Federal Computer Hacking Statute Should Be Construed Narrowly
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