Georgia

Ban on adult-establishment billboards struck down

Prior Restraints | Feature | November 30, 1998
Feature
November 30, 1998

Ban on adult-establishment billboards struck down

11/30/98

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.

UPDATE: GEORGIA

Feature | August 24, 1998
Feature
August 24, 1998

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.

King estate does not own famous "dream" speech

Feature | August 10, 1998
Feature
August 10, 1998

GEORGIA--The public owns Dr. Martin L. King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, not his estate, a federal District Court in Atlanta ruled in late July.

TV station allowed to use cameras during second trial

Content Regulation | Feature | July 27, 1998
Feature
July 27, 1998

TV station allowed to use cameras during second trial

07/27/98

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.

Newspaper ordered to reveal bombing information sources to Jewell

Feature | May 18, 1998
Feature
May 18, 1998

Newspaper ordered to reveal bombing information sources to Jewell

05/18/98

GEORGIA--A state court in Atlanta in late April ordered a newspaper to reveal the identities of its confidential sources to Richard Jewell, who is suing the newspaper for libel.

Judge John Mather ordered The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to comply with a discovery request from Jewell, the security guard who was initially identified as a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.

SHORT ITEM

Feature | February 23, 1998
Feature
February 23, 1998

SHORT ITEM

02/23/98

GEORGIA-- Media organizations could be taxed for reporting crime stories under a bill introduced in early February in the Georgia General Assembly.

Witness watching televised proceedings prompts mistrial

Feature | August 11, 1997
Feature
August 11, 1997

Witness watching televised proceedings prompts mistrial

08/11/97

GEORGIA--A Superior Court judge in Decatur granted a defense motion for a mistrial in late July after one witness saw another key witness's testimony on Court TV.

Tracy Rhames, who has spent 20 years trying to prove her father, Jan Barry Sandlin, killed her two-year-old brother, admitted in court that she disobeyed the judge's order and watched her mother's testimony on Court TV.

Supreme Court, two federal courts reject Internet regulations

Content Regulation | Feature | June 30, 1997
Feature
June 30, 1997

Supreme Court, two federal courts reject Internet regulations

06/30/97

ROUNDUP--On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held that two provisions of the Communications Decency Act, criminalizing the conveyance of "indecent" and "patently offensive" material to minors or the display of such material in a manner available to minors, impermissibly abridged the free speech provision of the First Amendment.

Plaintiff loses bid to obtain videotapes in anticipation of trial

Feature | June 30, 1997
Feature
June 30, 1997

Plaintiff loses bid to obtain videotapes in anticipation of trial

06/30/97

GEORGIA--Under the state shield law, a news organization does not have to turn over unaired videotape to a company that is merely gathering evidence in anticipation of a possible lawsuit, according to a Superior Court in Atlanta.

Jewell case fallout includes lawsuits, settlements, hearings

Feature | February 10, 1997
Feature
February 10, 1997

Jewell case fallout includes lawsuits, settlements, hearings

02/10/97

GEORGIA--Almost six months after a Federal Bureau of Investigation leak identified him as the number-one suspect in last summer's bombing in Centennial Olympic Park, Richard Jewell remains at the center of controversies over the handling of the investigation.