Fox News reporter Jana Winter is appealing a decision by a New York judge to enforce a subpoena from a Colorado court demanding that she testify about confidential sources who gave her a notebook of Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes' writings. In a brief joined by 42 other news organizations, the Reporters Committee argued that the lower court erred in failing to adequately consider New York's strong public policy protecting journalists and their confidential sources when it applied the law governing subpoena requests from out-of-state jurisdictions.
Hadeed Carpet Cleaning filed a defamation suit in Virginia against several anonymous reviewers for comments they posted on Yelp. Hadeed alleges that the reviewers were not actually customers and that their allegations were defamatory, and sought a subpoena to identify them. The trial court issued the subpoena and Yelp appealed to the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Fox News reporter Jana Winter faces an order to reveal her sources of information in the James Holmes Colorado theater shooting case. The Reporters Committee urged the court to carefully apply the qualified privilege under the Colorado shield law, to allow reporters like Winter to fully report on a case that is of great interest to the public.
Boston College researchers Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre are appealing a First Circuit appellate court decision dismissing their challenge of a subpoena seeking confidential interviews the pair conducted with members of the Irish Republican Army and other members of paramilitary and political organizations involved in the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. The First Circuit concluded that while the scholars had standing to raise a constitutional challenge the subpoenas, they failed to state a First Amendment claim entitling them to relief. We urge the U.S.
"The Central Park Five," a documentary film created by Florentine Films, the production company run by Ken Burns, his daughter and son-in-law, reports the experiences of five men who were wrongfully convicted in participating in the April 1989 assault and rape of a jogger in Central Park. The men are currently in the midst of litigation against the city for damages resulting from those convictions.
Book author and blogger Robert David Johnson is appealing a U.S. Magistrate Judge's opinion denying his request to quash a subpoena from Duke University seeking confidential, non-published communications between himself and several former Duke lacrosse players and their attorneys. Johnson began writing a blog concerning the fallout from a spring 2006 incident in which a stripper hired to perform at an off-campus house party accused several of the players of rape. Duke is facing civil suits from the former players.
A coalition of attorneys, journalists and labor, legal, media and human rights organizations challenged amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allow federal officials to monitor international electronic communications even if one party is in the United States. The federal trial court in New York found that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated sufficient harm such that they have standing to challenge the amendments. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York (2nd Cir.) reversed that ruling, and the U.S.
Urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to affirm the lower court's order granting former Wall Street Journal reporter Jesse Eisinger's motion to quash a subpoena seeking his testimony about non-confidential unpublished information.
Urging the New Jersey Supreme Court to reject the Appellate Division's alarmingly restrictive view of who qualifies as a journalist and its implication that a trial court must conduct a full, potentially intrusive hearing to determine whether a person claiming protection under the state shield law is entitled to such.