Mich. state health department reverses denial of H1N1 records

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 14, 2010
April 14, 2010

Michigan’s state health department released documents Wednesday that contained information outlining how funds for H1N1 prevention and treatment programs were used, The Michigan Messenger reported.

Michigan prosecutor wants reporter and law students to testify

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | March 17, 2010
March 17, 2010

A Michigan prosecutor working on the retrial of a murder defendant filed a witness list earlier this month that included a reporter for The Orange County Register and seven law students, the Detroit Metro Times reported.

Court reaffirms reporter's Fifth Amendment right

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | February 9, 2010
February 9, 2010

A Michigan federal court today ruled that Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter properly asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination, allowing him to keep the identities of confidential sources a secret.

The plaintiff, former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino, had been seeking the names of Ashenfelter's Justice Department sources since 2006 for a Privacy Act lawsuit.

Appeals court says 'private' work e-mail not public records

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 28, 2010
January 28, 2010

A Michigan appeals court ruled yesterday that the state's Freedom of Information Act does not apply to so-called "personal" e-mail messages sent from government work accounts, AnnArbor.com reported.

State police want nearly $7 million to fulfill FOIA request

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
November 17, 2009

The Michigan Department of State Police is charging the Mackinac Center for Public Policy nearly $7 million to fulfill its FOIA request for information on how the state has used homeland security grant money since 2002, the nonpartisan research group reported.

Tribal court strikes down prior restraint on journalist

Rory Eastburg | Prior Restraints | Feature | September 11, 2009
September 11, 2009

A tribal appellate court in Michigan last month vacated a broad injunction that prohibited a Native American journalist from reporting on issues related to tribal membership.

Michigan court says police union cannot circumvent state FOI law

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 14, 2009
August 14, 2009

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled recently that a Detroit police officers union could not contract around the state’s open records laws in an employment contract.

Using the state's open records law, the Detroit Free Press had sought a photograph of a police officer that had been suspended after allegations he was taking department money from an anti-car theft program. The police officer's union filed a lawsuit trying to stop the release of the photo.

Tweeting from the jury box soon to be banned in Michigan

Caitlin Dickson | Content Regulation | Quicklink | July 2, 2009
July 2, 2009

Starting in September, Michigan jurors will no longer be allowed to send text messages, "tweet" or engage in other forms of electronic communication during trials.

Fifth Amendment, subpoena disputes persist in Detroit

Lucas Tanglen | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | June 3, 2009
June 3, 2009

Former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino is pressing ahead with his argument that Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter should not have been allowed to use the Fifth Amendment to protect the identities of his sources.

Jury convicts reporter who crossed crime-scene tape

Rory Eastburg | Newsgathering | Quicklink | May 5, 2009
May 5, 2009

A Michigan jury convicted a reporter of two felonies stemming from an incident that unfolded at the scene of a fatal accident involving state troopers, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Diane Bukowski of the weekly Michigan Citizen was convicted Friday of two felonies, each punishable by up to two years in prison. According to the Free Press,