Short for amicus curiae, or "friend of the court." Independent groups like the Reporters Committee file amicus curiae briefs when they are not otherwise directly involved in a case, to lend the media's perspective on the legal issues before the court.

10th Cir.: lies about military service not protected

Kristen Rasmussen | Prior Restraints | Feature | January 30, 2012
January 30, 2012

A federal appeals court recently upheld the constitutionality of a controversial law that criminalizes lying about the receipt of military honors, just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that struck down the statute.

Illinois defamation suit not dismissible on anti-SLAPP

Rachel Bunn | Libel | Feature | January 24, 2012
January 24, 2012

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a defamation suit filed by a high school basketball coach against about a dozen critics is not subject for dismissal under Illinois’ Citizen Participation Act, a statue aimed to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP).

Amicus Brief in Neely v. Wilson

December 15, 2011

Urging the Supreme Court of Texas to uphold the state's third-party allegation rule protecting journalists who fairly and accurately report the positions of opposing parties in newsworthy events.

Reporters Committee argues that FCC's indecency enforcement threatens news reporting

Press Release | November 11, 2011
November 11, 2011

Enforcement of Federal Communications Commission policy regulating indecent programming on the public airwaves severely restrains the ability of broadcast journalists to report on matters of public interest and concern, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press arguedin a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reporters Committee argues for release of voter records in federal appeals court brief

Press Release | October 21, 2011
October 21, 2011

Voter registration applications are public records under federal law that cannot be withheld from release simply because of an arbitrary promise of secrecy by state officials, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today.

Reporters Committee pushes for openness in material witness proceedings

Press Release | September 22, 2011
September 22, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., asking the court to further consider a judge's decision to seal proceedings related to the government's detention of crime victims to ensure their appearances as trial witnesses.

Reporters Committee brief supports constitutionality of Washington state anti-SLAPP law

Press Release | September 20, 2011
September 20, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle (9th Cir.) urging it to uphold the constitutionality of Washington state’s anti-SLAPP law.

University should not hide behind student privacy to withhold secret admissions records, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011

Records related to a secret admission process at the University of Illinois that favored applicants with ties to large donors and the politically connected cannot be considered confidential student education records exempt from public release, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Reporters Committee joined by 46 news organizations in bid to quash subpoena

Press Release | July 5, 2011
July 5, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, joined by 46 media organizations, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City (2nd Cir.) seeking to affirm the quashing of a subpoena for the testimony of a Wall Street Journal reporter in a financial malfeasance lawsuit.