Georgia high court rules city council must record votes

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | Feature | February 7, 2012
February 7, 2012

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that state public bodies must record in public meeting minutes the names of those members who voted against or abstained from voting on a measure, even where the vote is not taken by a roll call.

Georgia's highest court won't review Jewell libel case

Andrea Papagianis | Libel | Feature | January 11, 2012
January 11, 2012

Earlier this week the Georgia Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision in the long-running libel case against The Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed by Richard Jewell, who was wrongfully accused of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, and carried on by his family since his death in 2007.

Media did not libel hero in Olympics bombing coverage

Clara Hogan | Libel | Feature | July 27, 2011
July 27, 2011

Reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did not libel a security guard, who was at first hailed as a hero after the 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park, when they reported authorities were investigating him as a suspect in the bombing, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled this month.

Reporters Committee brief argues against federal mug shot rules

Press Release | May 2, 2011
May 2, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday asking a federal appeals court to revisit the U.S. Marshals Service’s “inane” policy of releasing federal suspects’ mug shots based on the requestor’s physical location.

Media reports gag order issued on pre-trial reporting

Derek Green | Prior Restraints | Feature | September 20, 2010
September 20, 2010

The McDuffie (Ga.) Mirror reported that a Georgia trial judge issued an order prohibiting reporters and other attendees of a criminal court proceeding from publicly disclosing the testimony given at the hearing.

Georgia House passes bill to exempt crime photos from release

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | March 18, 2010
March 18, 2010

The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that will exempt crime scene photos depicting a victim’s dismembered body or exposed genitalia from the state's Open Records Act, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Georgia rushes to pass crime photo exemption to records law

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | March 11, 2010
March 11, 2010

Hustler magazine's request for photos of a slain hiker has prompted a push by Georgia lawmakers to quickly pass a bill that would block the release of certain crime scene photos without the permission of the deceased individual's family or a court order, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Georgia's House Republican caucus votes to kick out press

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 11, 2009
December 11, 2009

Republican legislators in Georgia voted today in a secret ballot to close the doors and keep the press out of an open caucus meeting.

Supreme Court asked to review secret jury selection

Rory Eastburg | Secret Courts | Feature | July 10, 2009
July 10, 2009

A Georgia man yesterday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit his conviction for drug trafficking on the grounds that the public was improperly excluded from the jury selection hearing, called voir dire.

Media asking for access to evidence of terrorism

Jonathan Jones | Secret Courts | Feature | May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009

Several news organizations are asking a federal judge to release prosecution evidence on the eve of a terrorism trial in Atlanta, The Associated Press reports.