The News Media and The Law, Summer 2014

Summer 2014
Vol. 38, No. 3

Criminal secrecy

Will concerns over sensitivities in some criminal records trump public access concerns?

 EDITORIAL

Criminal justice & secrecy

Limits on access to court and police records are not in the public interest

 COVER

Expunging criminal records

Journalists worry laws make criminal record sealing too easy

Access to mug shots gets close look across the country

Sexual assault and military secrecy

Reporters reveal scandals despite challenges to public access

 CONTENT REGULATION

Clearing the past

E.U.'s "Right To Be Forgotten" gives Google increased editorial obligations

 REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE

"We need to be ready to fight"

Ted Boutrous on free speech, reporter's privilege and legal challenges ahead for journalists

Defending James Risen: Circuits Split

Many federal circuit courts offer journalists little protection from testifying in criminal trials

 NEWSGATHERING

Smartrecordings

Apps that record phone calls are convenient, but can present confidentiality risks

 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Mining for data

Searching government agencies for industrial resources

Anatomy of a Brief

A detailed look at Berger v. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 LIBEL

Republication in the Internet age

How Section 230 of the CDA protects news sites from legal action

 SECRET COURTS

Tweeters Beware

Use of Twitter and other communications is allowed in some courtrooms but not others