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Format: 2018-12-14
Format: 2018-12-14
September 14, 1993
CONNECTICUT -- The state Freedom of Information Act limits the disclosure of arrest records to basic information relating to an arrest until the related criminal prosecution is over, the Connecticut Supreme Court held in early September.
September 14, 1993
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Air Force cannot routinely withhold poll results from a survey of the views of enlisted men and officers on their working conditions, a federal appeals court ruled in early August. Although the Air Force issued press releases on some favorable findings from the surveys, it denied requests for other poll results, claiming they were "pre-decisional." The FOI Act operates on the premise that "government will function best if its warts as well as its wonders are available for public review," the appeals panel wrote.
September 14, 1993
CALIFORNIA -- A state judge in Riverside ordered ABC News in late August to give prosecutors unaired tape of a jailhouse interview with Benny Powell, who has been accused of rape. Powell attracted national attention last year when he and another man were released from prison 17 years after their wrongful conviction for murder.
September 14, 1993
NEW JERSEY -- With the onset of another political campaign season, ABC affiliates in New York City and Philadelphia must air a controversial political ad opposing automatic weapons, the New York Times reported.
September 14, 1993
MAINE -- The future of cameras and broadcast equipment in Maine's trial courts will remain undecided until Nov. 30, following a two-year experimental project that ended in August. Between July 1991 and August 1993, the experiment permitted broadcasters and photographers access to certain proceedings in Bangor and Portland trial courts, except those involving sex and some violent crimes.
September 14, 1993
NORTH CAROLINA -- A Greensboro eye clinic filed a defamation lawsuit in federal district court in Greensboro in late August against NBC, alleging that the program "Dateline NBC" falsely accused the clinic of nearly performing unnecessary surgery on a patient.
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The DOJ "News Media Guidelines," codified in 28 C.F.R. § 50.10 (the "Guidelines"), govern the collection of records or information from the news media, as well as the questioning, arresting, or charging of members of the news media.