News

Format: 2018-12-13
Format: 2018-12-13
December 14, 1993
New York rejects challenge to subpoena 12/14/93 NEW YORK -- In late November the Court of Appeals in Albany, New York's highest court, held 6-1 that journalists in New York generally cannot challenge subpoenas from other states in New York's courts. The case began when a New Jersey deputy attorney general, who was investigating an alleged college basketball point-shaving scheme at North Carolina State University, sought notes and tapes from ABC, which is based in New York.
December 14, 1993
Energy Dept. releases formerly secret records 12/14/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In early December, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed secrets from the cold war that the government had held for up to 50 years and she vowed to reverse agency policies that kept the public in the dark on wide-reaching government experiments with nuclear power.
December 14, 1993
Kentucky appeals court refuses to exempt embarrassing information in teachers' files 12/14/1993 KENTUCKY -- Teachers have no right to protest the disclosure of potentially embarrassing information about themselves under the personal privacy exemption to the Open Records Act, the Court of Appeals ruled in early December.
December 14, 1993
Utah high court hears appeal of group arguing that refusal to run ad is a rights violation 12/14/1993
December 14, 1993
Canadian ban on stories about murder case sparks interest in papers from across border 12/14/1993 CANADA -- A Canadian judge's order banning publication of information about the murders of two teen-age girls in Ontario is sparking more interest in the case and questions about freedom of the press in Canada.
December 14, 1993
Georgia high court overturns $100,000 judgment in privacy case 12/14/1993 GEORGIA -- In early December the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta overturned a $100,000 judgment won by a woman who sued the Macon Telegraph after the paper reported that she killed a burglar who had carried a knife and had exposed his penis.
December 14, 1993
Lawsuit seeks electronic version of statutes 12/14/1993 MISSOURI -- The revisor of statutes has been taken to court over his contention that the computerized version of Missouri's laws is not a public record.
December 14, 1993
Leahy, Brown introduce bill to improve FOIA 12/14/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In late November Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Hank Brown (R- Colo.) introduced the Electronic Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 1993. The bill would broaden the rights of Freedom of Information Act requesters to federal electronic records and provide incentives and penalties to help agencies meet the mandatory time limits for processing FOI requests.
December 14, 1993
Clinton calls for entertainment industry's cooperation on 'rebuilding values' 12/14/1993 CALIFORNIA -- In a speech before the entertainment industry, President Bill Clinton in early December detailed his views on how movie and television violence relates to real-life violence. In contrast to Attorney General Janet Reno's remarks to Congress that the entertainment industry should dramatically curb dramatized violence, Clinton gave his support for some violent movies.
December 14, 1993
Many judges have positive view of cameras 12/14/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal judges participating in an experiment with cameras in their courtrooms, viewed the cameras positively, for the most part, according to a report released in November. The Federal Judicial Center report evaluated the federal cameras in courts pilot program, which is being tested in civil cases heard by six district and two appellate courts until June 1994.
December 14, 1993
Publisher evicted from tribe's building 12/14/1993 MONTANA -- In late November, construction workers boarded up a tribally owned building that housed offices used by the publisher of a small newspaper in Browning, effectively locking him out, after he questioned activities of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, according to an Associated Press report.
November 30, 1993
New York high court reverses $15.5 million libel verdict against broadcaster 11/30/1993 NEW YORK -- New York's highest court reversed a $15.5 million judgment in late November won by a Niagara Falls restaurant owner in his defamation suit against Capital Cities Communications, Inc. The judgment included $10 million in punitive damages.
November 30, 1993
Federal judge ejects sketch artist from court 11/30/1993 OKLAHOMA -- A federal judge in Muskogee, Okla., ejected a Texas television station's sketch artist from a courtroom in mid- November, claiming his work disrupted the court proceedings.
November 30, 1993
Federal appeals court affirms dismissal of libel, privacy suit filed over book 11/30/1993 ILLINOIS -- In early November the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) affirmed the dismissal of a defamation and invasion of privacy suit brought against the author and publisher of a 1991 book about the migration of black Americans from the South to the North.
November 30, 1993
Court strikes down indecency regulation 11/30/1993 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Cir.) for the third time since 1987 threw out Federal Communications Commission rules requiring that indecency be broadcast only during limited "safe harbor" hours that the court said not only protected children but also unnecessarily prohibited adult access to indecency in violation of the First Amendment.