Georgia

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.

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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.

Affidavits released in Olympic bombing investigation

Feature | November 18, 1996
Feature
November 18, 1996

Affidavits released in Olympic bombing investigation

11/18/96

GEORGIA--A federal District Court in Atlanta on Oct. 23 ordered the release of affidavits submitted by the FBI in connection with its investigation of Richard Jewell, the security guard who on Oct. 26 was cleared of involvement in the July bombing at Centennial Olympic Park and who has said he will sue media organizations that reported he was the suspect.

Open Records Law provides basis for death row inmate's reprieve

Freedom of Information | Feature | September 23, 1996
Feature
September 23, 1996

Open Records Law provides basis for death row inmate's reprieve

09/23/96

GEORGIA--On the eve of his execution, convicted killer Ellis Wayne Felker was given a 40-day stay by the state Supreme Court so that a lower court could determine if government officials violated the state Open Records Laws when they delayed providing Felker records he had requested more than a year ago.

Airport ban on news distribution enjoined third time

Feature | August 12, 1996
Feature
August 12, 1996

Airport ban on news distribution enjoined third time

08/12/96

GEORGIA--In late July, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled that city officials had come "perilously close to criminal contempt" by stopping delivery of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution at the Hartsfield International Airport because drivers lacked the proper security clearance, after another federal judge had prohibited officials from enforcing restrictions on newspaper racks and newspaper deliveries a week before.

NBC, Olympics committee tighten restrictions on rebroadcasts

Feature | July 15, 1996
Feature
July 15, 1996

NBC, Olympics committee tighten restrictions on rebroadcasts

07/15/96

GEORGIA--In late June, NBC Sports, the holder of exclusive broadcast rights for the Atlanta Olympics, announced guidelines prohibiting all other American broadcasting companies from airing news conferences live from the main press center at the games, or using taped versions of the conferences until 30 minutes after they end.

Non-rightsholders are barred from all Olympic venues and may only bring cameras into the main press center.