News

Format: 2017-09-21
Format: 2017-09-21
October 19, 1993
Federal appeals court rejects suit filed by inmate who implicated Quayle in drug sale 10/19/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In early October the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington (D.C. Cir.) ruled that the government officials accused of silencing a federal prisoner who claimed he sold marijuana to Dan Quayle are entitled to summary judgment on the prisoner's First Amendment claims.
October 19, 1993
Miami Herald reporters suspect theft of information from bureau reporter's computer 10/19/1993 FLORIDA -- The chief of the Miami Herald's Tallahassee bureau says he believes someone stole information from a reporter's computer in mid-October. Although there was no forced entry, the newspaper staff noticed signs that someone had entered the offices, finding an unfamiliar sleeve to a floppy disk at reporter Tim Nicken's terminal and the blinds near his desk closed.
October 19, 1993
Indiana high court stops newspaper's suit to get voting records from state House 10/19/1993 INDIANA -- The Indiana Supreme Court stopped a lawsuit by Indianapolis Newspapers seeking legislative voting records from the clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives in mid- October.
October 19, 1993
Jury awards $7.5 million in libel suit against California newspaper 10/19/1993 CALIFORNIA -- In early October, a state jury in Los Angeles awarded a businessman $7.5 million in his defamation suit against the Santa Barbara News-Press and its owner, the New York Times Co. The businessman, Leonard M. Ross, claimed that stories published in the News-Press in 1988 and 1989 falsely reported that the government had investigated him for defrauding investors, the National Law Journal reported.
October 19, 1993
County releases secret settlement agreement in suit filed by deputy sheriff 10/19/1993 COLORADO -- In mid-October, Park County, Colo., released a settlement agreement in a federal suit brought by former Park County deputy Charles Daines against the county. The release of the information, ordered by a federal judge in early August, was delayed until the time for an appeal by the state expired.
October 19, 1993
County board orders 'harmful' newspapers out of children's reach at library 10/19/1993 VIRGINIA -- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in mid-October ordered the Fairfax Library Board to find a way to keep free publications "that may be harmful to children" out of their reach.
October 19, 1993
Judge strikes down special rules limiting cameras in Detroit courtroom 10/19/1993 MICHIGAN -- The Wayne County chief circuit judge in early October struck down a district court judge's special rules prohibiting cameras in his courtroom after a two-year legal battle with the Detroit Free Press, according to that paper.
October 19, 1993
Appeals court refuses to open records from investigation of 1934 ship fire 10/19/1993 PENNSYLVANIA -- Historical records that could shed light on the intriguing 1934 Morro Castle ship fire will stay secret under a checklist of Freedom of Information Act exemptions raised by the government, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia (3rd Cir.) ruled in late September.
October 19, 1993
New N.C. law clarifies public availability of crime investigation information 10/19/1993 NORTH CAROLINA -- Reporters in North Carolina now have statutory backing for requesting victims' names and other criminal investigation information from law enforcement officers because of a new law that went into effect October 1. The law, passed by the General Assembly in July, clarifies what records are open to the public by adding a section on criminal investigative records to the Public Records Law.
October 19, 1993
Correction 10/19/1993 An October 11 article on a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that the secret search for a new college president violated the state's open records law incorrectly identified the name of the college. The school involved was the University of Michigan. The name of the case was correct: Booth Newspapers v. The Board of Regents of the University of Michigan.
October 5, 1993
KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Court of Appeals in Frankfort reversed a five-year sentence imposed on the publisher of a small newspaper who was convicted of using dealer license plates on his car to avoid automobile taxes and registration fees. In an opinion published in late August, the court upheld the conviction but remanded the case to the circuit court for resentencing. Robert Harrell, publisher of Tell It Like It Is, an irregularly published tabloid based in Henderson, has asked the court for a rehearing.
October 5, 1993
MICHIGAN -- The state Supreme Court ruled in late September that the secret search for a new president of Michigan State University violated the state's open meetings and freedom of information laws. The Board of Regents, the public body that appointed itself as the Presidential Selection Committee, improperly closed its deliberations and decisions and held private interviews with candidates in violation of the Open Meetings Act, the justices ruled.
October 5, 1993
CALIFORNIA -- Four months after upholding a contempt citation against Rik Scarce -- a sociology doctoral student at Washington State University jailed since May 14 for refusing to answer grand jury questions about the animal liberation movement -- in mid- September the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco (9th Cir.) issued an opinion explaining its holding.
October 5, 1993
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A freshman congressman from Oklahoma in late September won a battle to scrap the House of Representatives' 63- year-old tradition of secrecy surrounding discharge petitions, which are filed by representatives who want bills stuck in committee brought to the House floor for action.
October 5, 1993
VIRGINIA -- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors directed its staff in late September to find "a legal way" to ban distribution of the Washington Blade, a free gay newspaper, at the county library, or to abolish the Library Board of Trustees. The Virginia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has written in protest to the board, calling the vote "an appalling act of governmental censorship and an abuse of authority."