Detroit mayor invokes Fifth Amendment 82 times during Free Press deposition

Cristina Abello | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 16, 2008
September 16, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick this morning used his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 82 times to avoid answering deposition questions from a Detroit Free Press attorney.

Two reporters banned from Detroit mayor's press conference

Jason Wiederin | Newsgathering | Quicklink | September 8, 2008
September 8, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s security detail barred two journalists from a speech he gave hours after his resignation, according to the Detroit Free Press.

FOIA request was key in Detroit mayor's legal saga

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 5, 2008
September 5, 2008

Thanks in part to a state Freedom of Information Act request by the Detroit Free Press, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick agreed to resign yesterday and accepted a plea bargain that will include jail time.

Detroit reporter ordered to reveal confidential DOJ sources

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | September 3, 2008
September 3, 2008

 A Detroit Free Press reporter was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge last week to reveal the confidential sources he used to report about a prosecutor’s misconduct in a terrorism case.

Mich. officers sue over police agency gag order

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 29, 2008
August 29, 2008

On behalf of three Flint, Mich. police officers who say they were punished for breaching an agency rule barring them from speaking to the media, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking to have the ban thrown out, The Flint Journal reports.

According to WNEM news, Chief David Dicks imposed the order prohibiting officers from speaking with reporters.

Sheriff charges newspaper $10 for FOIA denial

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 26, 2008
August 26, 2008

A Michigan sheriff apparently took Freedom of Information Act denials to a new, unfriendly extreme when he charged a newspaper $10 for a two-paragraph letter refusing a records request.

Detroit mayor to be deposed in FOI suit after all

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 25, 2008
August 25, 2008

Responding to a proverbial elbow jab to the ribcage from lawyers for the Detroit Free Press, embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will testify after all in the newspaper's Freedom of Information lawsuit against the city.

Det. newspapers want mayor to testify in FOIA case

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 18, 2008
August 18, 2008

Last month saw Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick trying to force Free Press and Detroit News reporters to testify in the newspapers' Freedom of Information lawsuit against him. 

Detroit reporters won’t have to testify on text messages sources

Virgie Townsend | Newsgathering | Quicklink | July 21, 2008
July 21, 2008

A Wayne County judge ruled Thursday that the embattled Detroit mayor and his ex-chief of staff can't force reporters to reveal how they obtained the former couple's flirtatious text messages. 

Detroit papers fight depositions in mayor's text message scandal

Kathleen Cullinan | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | July 11, 2008
July 11, 2008

Two Detroit newspapers are fighting indicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attempts to depose their reporters amid his ongoing legal woes.