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6th Cir. finds article on mayor to be protected speech

Kacey Deamer | Libel | Feature | April 22, 2011
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April 22, 2011

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Cir.) ruled on Tuesday, in Bentkowski v. Scene Magazine, that a column concerning a local mayor is protected speech and not defamatory.

David A. Bentkowski, mayor of Seven Hills, Ohio, sued Scene Magazine and others, claiming that the local magazine's August 2007 article "The Bizarre Boy Mayor" was defamatory, but the court held that the article was protected opinion under the law.

Tennessee federal judge seals filings in painkiller case

Lyndsey Wajert | Secret Courts | Feature | February 4, 2011
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February 4, 2011

A federal judge in Tennessee sealed court filings last week with little public explanation in a criminal case involving prescription painkillers, the Associated Press reported.

Free Press fights former prosecutor's 'fishing expedition'

Lucas Tanglen | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | June 22, 2009
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June 22, 2009

In a court filing Monday, the Detroit Free Press accused former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino of conducting a "quintessential fishing expedition" as the paper continued to fight a subpoena in Convertino's Privacy Act lawsuit.

Former prosecutor pushes to get newspaper in court

Lucas Tanglen | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | June 11, 2009
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June 11, 2009

Former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino insisted in papers filed Tuesday that the Detroit Free Press must testify in his Privacy Act lawsuit over a leak from the Department of Justice.

War over waivers in Detroit

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | May 19, 2009
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May 19, 2009

The Privacy Act saga continues between Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter and former prosecutor Richard Convertino.

Ashenfelter filed court  papers on Tuesday in response to former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino’s arguments that the reporter waived his right to invoke the Fifth Amendment to protect the confidentiality of his sources.

Court upholds release of "raw" arrest records

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Feature | April 16, 2009
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April 16, 2009

A 35-year-old court order barring the state of Tennessee from publicly releasing the arrest records of people suspected, but not charged or convicted, of committing crimes was overturned Thursday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Cir.)

Sixth Circuit denies Ashenfelter's appeal

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 16, 2009
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April 16, 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Circuit) has denied Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter’s petition to suspend a district court judge’s order that he be deposed.

Reporter appeals to 6th Circuit in bid to guard sources

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 9, 2009
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April 9, 2009

Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter is appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Circuit) in hopes of protecting his confidential sources, before U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland can hold him in contempt for refusing to out them.

Minus reporter's privilege, judge still tosses subpoena

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 7, 2009
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April 7, 2009

A Tennessee reporter does not have to testify in an affirmative action lawsuit against the Nashville Police Department, a Tennessee court  ruled late last month.

The federal court in Nashville did not recognize a federal reporter’s privilege to protect Tennessean reporter Christian Bottorff from being deposed. Instead, it held that his testimony was unneeded and burdensome based on a procedural rule that limits discovery in civil cases.

Judge denies Free Press reporter's motion

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 1, 2009
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April 1, 2009

Judge Robert Cleland in Detroit has denied Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter’s request for an immediate decision on his invocation of the Fifth Amendment to protect confidential sources, according to the court docket.