Georgia

Libel case against Atlanta Journal-Constitution reinstated

Libel | Feature | October 26, 2000
Feature
October 26, 2000

Sheriff ordered to give newspaper incident reports

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29

From the Summer 2000 issue of The News Media & The Law, page 29.

Access to records cannot be denied over general 'embarrassment'

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34

From the Fall 1999 issue of The News Media & The Law, page 34.


Holding that a trial court could not seal a court record merely because of the “invasion of privacy and resulting embarrassment” that accompanies every lawsuit, the state Supreme Court in Atlanta reversed in mid-September an order sealing court records in a case filed by a woman who claims that she is an illegitimate child of Rankin Smith Sr., the late owner of the Atlanta Falcons football team.

High court finds trial court’s sealing of records improper

Secret Courts | Feature | October 14, 1999
Feature
October 14, 1999

Jewell deemed voluntary 'limited purpose public figure'

Libel | Feature | October 6, 1999
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October 6, 1999

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Reporters held in contempt over source of Jewell allegations

Reporter's Privilege | Feature | June 14, 1999
Feature
June 14, 1999

Reporters held in contempt over source of Jewell allegations

06/14/99

GEORGIA--A state trial judge in Atlanta ordered two Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters to jail in early June for refusing to identify the confidential source who informed them that security guard Richard Jewell was the leading suspect in the 1996 bombing at the summer Olympic games in Atlanta.

Local ban on delivery of free newspapers struck down

Newsgathering | Feature | May 31, 1999
Feature
May 31, 1999

Local ban on delivery of free newspapers struck down

05/31/99

GEORGIA--In mid May, the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta ruled 6-1 that a Sylvania ordinance prohibiting distribution of free printed material to yards, driveways or porches violates freedom of speech and press under the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions.

Documents remain confidential to protect college's privacy

Privacy | Feature | April 19, 1999
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April 19, 1999

Documents remain confidential to protect college's privacy

04/19/99

GEORGIA--In early March, the state Supreme Court in Atlanta decided 4-3 that a confidential agreement in a civil case between the Savannah College of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts can remain sealed to protect the college's privacy interest.

Newspaper again ordered to reveal source of Jewell disclosures

Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 5, 1999
Feature
April 5, 1999

Newspaper again ordered to reveal source of Jewell disclosures

04/05/99

GEORGIA--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in mid-March was once again ordered by state Judge John Mather in Atlanta to reveal the identities of confidential sources who supplied reporters information about former Centennial Olympic Park bombing suspect Richard Jewell. The judge ruled that the state shield law does not apply to journalists who are libel defendants.

High court finds prosecutors cannot compel reporter's testimony

Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 22, 1999
Feature
March 22, 1999

High court finds prosecutors cannot compel reporter's testimony

03/22/99

GEORGIA--A Savannah Morning News reporter does not have to comply with a trial court's order demanding testimony about a jailhouse interview with a murder suspect that allegedly included a confession, the state Supreme Court in Atlanta held in early March.