Mich. court upholds dismissal of libel suit against paper

Hannah Bergman | Libel | Feature | January 26, 2009
January 26, 2009

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a libel suit against the Detroit News.

The News was sued after it printed the names of convicted felons working in Michigan schools based on information the paper obtained through a state open records law request.

Ashenfelter fights possible contempt order

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | January 23, 2009
January 23, 2009

Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter filed papers in federal court in Detroit this week asking the judge not to hold him in contempt for refusing to reveal his confidential sources.

Judge asked to hold Ashenfelter in contempt

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | January 2, 2009
January 2, 2009

Former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino has asked a judge in Michigan to hold Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter in contempt for refusing to reveal his confidential sources during a deposition last month.

Free Press reporter invokes the Fifth Amendment

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | December 8, 2008
December 8, 2008

After failing to persuade a federal judge of his First Amendment right to protect his confidential sources, Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter tried a new tactic Monday to keep their identities secret: He invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

Reporter says police deleted her crash scene photos

Jason Wiederin | Newsgathering | Quicklink | November 20, 2008
November 20, 2008

A Michigan reporter was arrested Nov. 4 at the scene of a fatal motorcycle wreck, and she claims an officer erased from her camera photos she took of the crash site, according to The Associated Press.

Free Press reporter ordered, again, to testify in Privacy Act case

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | November 10, 2008
November 10, 2008

A federal judge in Detroit has denied Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter’s request for a protective order that would prevent him from testifying in a civil case involving former U.S. prosecutor Richard Convertino, the newspaper said.

Former Detroit mayor sent to jail, city attorney cleared in handling of FOIA request

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 29, 2008
October 29, 2008

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went to jail this week, as part of a plea deal on two counts of obstruction of justice for lying under oath, while a city attorney was cleared for her part in the handling of an open records requested related to the mayoral scandal.

Free Press reporter fights court order to reveal source

Samantha Fredrickson | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | October 15, 2008
October 15, 2008

A Detroit Free Press reporter ordered to testify about the confidential sources he used to report on a federal investigation of a former U.S. prosecutor urged the court this week not to compel his testimony.

In papers filed Monday, reporter David Ashenfelter argued that he should not have to testify about his coverage of a Department of Justice misconduct investigation into former assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino.

Local GOP sues Michigan paper for libel

Jason Wiederin | Libel | Quicklink | October 3, 2008
October 3, 2008

 A local newspaper in Michigan is now the target of a libel lawsuit by a local Republican official who claims comments the newspaper attributed to him, describing plans to keep registered voters from the polls, were false, Editor & Publisher reported.

Detroit policy considered e-mails public, city lawyer testifies

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 26, 2008
September 26, 2008

Key testimony about an electronic records policy has bolstered the case of two Detroit newspapers in their ongoing open-records lawsuit against the city, according to their attorneys.

The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News are suing the city in an effort to get records related to the administration of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the affair he had with his onetime chief of staff, Christine Beatty.  The depositions have been going on for the last several days.