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California Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 50 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and local officials urging them to take immediate, concrete steps to end the police arrests and attacks on credentialed and clearly identifiable journalists that occurred during civil protests.  The letter makes the same legal [...]

By |2020-07-24T17:43:13-04:00July 8th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on California Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Court Clerks Must Respect Right of Timely Access to Civil Complaints

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 Courthouse News Service v. Schaefer.  This case concerns the First Amendment right of timely access to civil complaints.  CNS filed suit against the clerks of two Virginia circuit courts after [...]

By |2020-07-27T22:19:37-04:00July 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Court Clerks Must Respect Right of Timely Access to Civil Complaints

SEC’s ‘No Deny’ Provision Infringes Right To Gather Information

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 Cato Institute v. SEC.  This case concerns a challenge by the Cato Institute to an SEC regulation and policy that precludes settling parties from ever publicly denying the allegations made [...]

By |2020-07-24T21:19:11-04:00June 29th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on SEC’s ‘No Deny’ Provision Infringes Right To Gather Information

Denver Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 39 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to Denver officials urging them to take immediate, concrete steps to end the police arrests and attacks on credentialed and clearly identifiable journalists that occurred during civil protests.  The letter makes the same legal arguments as similar letters sent [...]

By |2020-07-24T17:41:50-04:00June 16th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Denver Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Press Conference Statements Within Legislative, Fair Report Privileges

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Dababneh v. Lopez.  This case concerns a defamation action brought by a member of the California State Assembly against a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct in a complaint to the [...]

By |2020-06-26T11:27:45-04:00June 10th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Press Conference Statements Within Legislative, Fair Report Privileges

First Amendment Right to Court Records Must Be Respected by State

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court in Jones v. Professional Background Screening Association.  The brief focuses on the First Amendment right of access to court records and whether the release of certain records should be governed by Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order [...]

By |2020-07-03T19:26:43-04:00June 9th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment Right to Court Records Must Be Respected by State

Redistributors of Speech Should Be Held to Actual Malice Standard

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Ohio Court of Appeals in Gibson Bros. v. Oberlin College.  The case concerns a defamation lawsuit brought by a bakery against Oberlin College following a student protest that accused the bakery of engaging in racial profiling and discrimination.  The [...]

By |2020-06-19T17:31:31-04:00June 8th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Redistributors of Speech Should Be Held to Actual Malice Standard

New York City Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 124 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to New York City officials urging them to take immediate, concrete steps to end the police arrests and attacks on credentialed and clearly identifiable journalists that occurred during civil protests.  The letter makes the same legal arguments as a [...]

By |2020-07-24T17:40:17-04:00June 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on New York City Officials Urged To Stop Police Targeting of Journalists

Public Has First Amendment Right of Access to Bail Hearings

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia Bail Fund v. Arraignment Court Magistrate Judges.  In this case, Philadelphia Bail Fund (PBF), a nonprofit organization advocating for reform of Philadelphia’s bail system, brought suit to challenge the constitutionality [...]

By |2020-06-19T17:31:08-04:00June 5th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public Has First Amendment Right of Access to Bail Hearings

OMB’s FOIA Guidelines Should Define News Media Representative

Participated in comments (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) filed with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget regarding proposed changes to OMB’s “Guidelines” on FOIA fees.  The proposed updates (prompted by a recent lawsuit) are limited to a small number of issues.  These comments address two issues: (1) the elimination of [...]

By |2020-07-03T20:20:16-04:00June 4th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on OMB’s FOIA Guidelines Should Define News Media Representative
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