News

Format: 2018-06-17
Format: 2018-06-17
November 2, 1993
Court allows couple to sue doctor anonymously 11/02/1993 VIRGINIA -- A trial court erred in denying a couple's request to proceed anonymously in their medical malpractice and fraud suit against a fertility doctor, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled in early October. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond (4th Cir.) held that the risk of harm to innocent third parties, the couple's children, outweighs the minimal risk of prejudice to the defendant, Cecil Jacobson.
November 2, 1993
Former chief's 'confidential' police calls found to be to secretary's home 11/02/1993 ILLINOIS -- A check of former Belleville Police Chief Robert Hurst's mobile telephone records in October showed that a third of the calls he blacked out as confidential police business were made to his secretary at her home and at a salon where she worked part- time, according to the Belleville News Democrat.
November 2, 1993
Ruling by New York high court gives new life to libel suit 11/02/1993 NEW YORK -- In late October, New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals in Albany, reinstated a libel suit filed against the New York Times by the former medical examiner of New York City.
November 2, 1993
Publisher files suit for budget records 11/02/1993 ALASKA -- A Juneau publisher filed suit in mid- October against the governor's office, claiming officials violated the state constitution and Public Records Act when they refused to disclose documents relating to the proposed annual state budget.
November 2, 1993
FCC fines stations $80,000 for airing too many ads during children's programs 11/02/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission issued more than $80,000 in fines in late October against four television stations for violating the Children's Television Act of 1990. The provision at issue limits the number of commercials that can be shown during children's programming to 10.5 minutes per hour on weekends and 12 minutes per hour on weekdays.
October 19, 1993
CALIFORNIA -- The judge in the Reginald Denny beating trial in Los Angeles agreed in mid- October to unseal transcripts of hearings involving the dismissal of jurors. The Los Angeles Times and Newsday filed a letter with Superior Court Judge John Ouderkirk on October 13 requesting that he open and unseal proceedings concerning the dismissal of two jurors during the second week of deliberations.
October 19, 1993
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- CIA Director James Woolsey, speaking to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in late September, pledged broad efforts to speed declassification and to increase public accessibility to CIA work. When information no longer needs protection, he said, citizens are owed hard disclosure of as much information as is possible, "warts and all." He said he intends to release next year the first unclassified history of the CIA and promised "more will come."
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.