Reporters held in contempt over source of Jewell allegations
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
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
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
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
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.
GEORGIA--A law prohibiting all off-site outdoor advertising by businesses offering adult entertainment violates the establishments' free speech rights, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in early November.
A state court judge in Atlanta decided in early August not to hold The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in contempt of court for refusing to disclose confidential sources related to stories about Richard Jewell, at least until an appeal of the order can be heard.
TV station allowed to use cameras during second trial
GEORGIA--The Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta ruled in early July that an Albany TV station may install video equipment in a courtroom for one murder trial but agreed that video cameras were correctly excluded from an earlier related trial because the publicity from the first might have adversely influenced the second.