Michigan

Convertino turns to editors in bid to ID sources

Kathleen Cullinan | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 30, 2009
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April 30, 2009

Attorneys for Richard Convertino, the former prosecutor who until last week was locked in a subpoena battle with a Detroit Free Press reporter over confidential sources, indicated in a court motion Wednesday they will now pursue editors at the paper for the sources' names. 

Ex-Detroit mayor sues over released text messages

Kathleen Cullinan | Privacy | Quicklink | March 12, 2009
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March 12, 2009

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, fresh off his stint in jail, is suing telecommunications company SkyTel for releasing his text messages, the AM Law Daily reports. The company reportedly claims it did so appropriately under court order.

Ashenfelter to submit sealed affidavit

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 5, 2009
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March 5, 2009

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland has granted Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter’s request to submit an in-camera affidavit explaining his reasons for invoking the Fifth Amendment.

Judge finds former Detroit mayor's text messages are public

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | March 5, 2009
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March 5, 2009

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his onetime chief of staff, Christine Beatty, have lost their bid to keep private un-redacted copies of hundreds of text messages they exchanged on city-owned equipment, the Detroit Free Press reports:

Detroit reporter seeks in-camera review for source fight

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 4, 2009
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March 4, 2009

Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter wants to explain privately to a federal judge in Michigan his reasons for invoking the Fifth Amendment to protect his confidential sources.

Tribal court bans reporter from covering fraud claims

Rory Eastburg | Prior Restraints | Feature | March 2, 2009
Feature
March 2, 2009

A tribal court in Michigan has issued an injunction ordering a journalist not to report on issues related to “blood quantum” and qualifications for tribal enrollment.  

Judge orders reporter to give another deposition

Reporter's Privilege | Feature | February 26, 2009
Feature
February 26, 2009

Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, who has refused a court order to identify his sources in a 2004 article, has been ordered by a federal judge to give a second deposition in the case of a former federal prosecutor who is suing the U.S. Justice Department.  

ACLU suspects retaliation against Detroit reporter

Ahnalese Rushmann | Newsgathering | Quicklink | February 20, 2009
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February 20, 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is questioning whether prosecutors are targeting a reporter, who has been charged with obstructing police while covering a story, in retaliation for her "long, distinguished history of exposing government irregularities and corruption," reports The Michigan Messenger.

Contempt ruling delayed after Ashenfelter hearing

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | February 11, 2009
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February 11, 2009

At a hearing today in federal court in Detroit, a judge delayed ruling on whether to hold Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter in contempt for refusing to reveal confidential sources, the paper reported.

Convertino and Ashenfelter still arguing over the Fifth

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | January 29, 2009
Feature
January 29, 2009

In court papers filed Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino called reporter David Ashenfelter’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment, in an attempt to keep from having to reveal his confidential sources, both “speculative” and “unreasonable.”