Georgia

News groups want psychiatrist affidavit in courtroom shooting case

Miranda Fleschert | Secret Courts | Quicklink | June 20, 2008
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June 20, 2008

Three news organizations in Atlanta are challenging a motion to seal a psychiatrist's affidavit in the capital murder case of courtroom shooter Brian Nichols.

New law would limit release of underage sex tapes in court

Alanna Malone | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 4, 2008
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April 4, 2008

On Wednesday, the Georgia state Senate unanimously passed SB 481,  a bill that seeks to restrict the viewing of sex tapes involving minors that have been used for evidence in a courtroom.

The bill came after a public outcry last year when District Attorney David McDade released copies of a videotape that featured sexually explicit material involving two underage girls, claiming he was required to do so under the open records law.

Doubt about decision to seal Ga. House speaker's divorce papers

Alanna Malone | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | February 21, 2008
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February 21, 2008

Ethics activist George Anderson has filed a motion to open Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson's divorce files to the public. Anderson argues that the divorce proceedings are routinely open and that the sealing of Richardson’s divorce records is unjustified.

Appeals court affirms summary judgment for newspaper

Libel | Feature | January 10, 2008
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January 10, 2008

Jan. 10, 2008  ·   A Georgia state court of appeals affirmed a summary judgment finding in favor of the Savannah Morning News on a libel claim lodged by a former public official.

William Torrance, a former city manager in Vidalia, Ga., first sued the paper after it ran a series of articles examining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's probe into the death of a peeping Tom who victimized Torrance's daughter.

Appellate court affirms summary judgment for newspaper

Matthew Pollack | Libel | Quicklink | January 10, 2008
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January 10, 2008

The Media Law Prof Blog reports that a Georgia state appellate court upheld a summary judgment holding in a libel suit against the Savannah Morning News

Bloomberg calls for New York privilege in Georgia court

Matthew Pollack | Libel | Reaction | December 11, 2007
Reaction
December 11, 2007

In response to a defamation claim in Georgia, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg argued that a New York State privilege should immunize him from liability for statements he made in the course of his official duties. While the public official privilege in New York is absolute, public officials in Georgia only enjoy a qualified privilege.

Ga. Supreme Court considers whether to open up cold cases

Scott Albright | Freedom of Information | Analysis | December 7, 2007
Analysis
December 7, 2007

The Georgia Supreme Court is in the midst of a case that should be frustratingly familiar to most police and crime reporters, regardless of the state law involved.

Terrorism suspect's hearing open to public

Secret Courts | Feature | October 24, 2007
Feature
October 24, 2007

Oct. 24, 2007  ·   A pre-trial hearing scheduled to begin Monday in Atlanta, in which prosecutors are expected to air 12 hours of recorded interviews between law enforcement agents and a suspect accused of aiding terrorists, will be open to the public and press after a federal judge denied the suspect's motion seeking to keep it closed.

Prosecutor says video obtained legally is child pornography

Secret Courts | Feature | July 20, 2007
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July 20, 2007

NEWS MEDIA UPDATE   ·   GEORGIA   ·   Secret Courts   ·   July 20, 2007

Judge opens pretrial hearing in murder case to public

Secret Courts | Feature | July 6, 2007
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July 6, 2007

NEWS MEDIA UPDATE   ·   GEORGIA   ·   Secret Courts   ·   July 6, 2007