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Illinois v. March (Jamie Kalven)

November 26, 2018

The Reporters Committee and 19 other media organizations filed an amicus brief in support of reporter Jamie Kalven, who was subpoenaed to testify in Illinois v. March by the defendant, former Chicago police detective David March.  March and two other officers are facing trial for allegedly conspiring to obstruct justice in the investigation of a fellow officer, Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager. Kalven's 2015 reporting revealed facts about the shooting that contradicted the official police account and ultimately led to the release of a police video of the incident and Van Dyke's and March's prosecutions. Kalven was also subpoenaed by Van Dyke during his criminal case last year, but the judge in that case granted Kalven's motion to quash the subpoena.  The Reporters Committee and a similar media coalition also filed an amicus brief in that case.

Better Government Association v. City of Chicago Law Department

March 9, 2018
The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in support of Better Government Association ("BGA") in the Supreme Court of Illinois. BGA filed an Illinois FOIA request with the City of Chicago for documents relating to the prosecution of the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. The special prosecutor in the criminal case sought a protective order "to prevent entities like the City from complying" with FOIA requests for documents relating to the prosecution. BGA's request was denied in part due to the protective order. RCFP's amicus brief argues that a protective order sought to bar dissemination of public records cannot trump an agency's duties under FOIA.

Institute for Justice v. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

December 6, 2017

The Reporters Committee filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court in a state Freedom of Information Act case concerning the retroactive application of a new exemption enacted during the pendency of the case. The brief argues that (1) a rule permitting the retroactive application of new FOIA exemptions would undermine the well-established public policy of Illinois in favor of transparency, and (2) given the important interests at stake the Court should adopt a clear-statement rule for all amendments to FOIA.

Illinois v. Van Dyke (Jamie Kalven)

December 5, 2017

The Reporters Committee and 18 other media organizations filed an amicus brief in support of reporter Jamie Kalven, who was subpoenaed to testify in Illinois v. Van Dyke. Van Dyke is the Chicago police officer on trial for murder in the death of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager. Kalven's reporting revealed facts about the shooting that contradicted the official police account and ultimately led to the release of a police video of the incident and Van Dyke's prosecution. The brief emphasizes the importance of the reporter's privilege and argues that Kalven is protected by the Illinois Reporter's Privilege Act.

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