Amicus briefs

Overcharging for records limits transparency, Reporters Committee brief argues

Press Release | June 16, 2011
June 16, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reject Cuyahoga County’s extreme reproduction fees for electronic real estate records. The friend-of-the-court brief argues that the imposition of six-figure fees to access electronic real estate records will dramatically curtail valuable public-interest reporting on the Ohio real estate market.

Horse roundup site must be accessible, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | June 3, 2011
June 3, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press urged a federal appeals court this week to order a federal trial court to reconsider its decision that a photographer's First Amendment rights were not violated when she was not allowed to photograph the roundup of wild horses on federal land in Nevada.

Reporters Committee challenges sealed court records

Press Release | May 6, 2011
May 6, 2011

The sealing of court records and proceedings in an Ohio corruption case was not only unconstitutional, but also unnecessary to ensure defendants receive a fair trial, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Reporters Committee, news groups challenge over-broad Ill. recording law

Press Release | April 25, 2011
April 25, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and six news industry associations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, arguing that it is so broad that it inhibits the basic right to gather information.

Reporters Committee urges appeals court to revisit sealed records

Press Release | April 5, 2011
April 5, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press today urged a federal appeals court to review the automatic sealing of records in a legal battle between Internet search engine Google and the language-education company Rosetta Stone.

Reporters Committee joins fight against Va. FOI restrictions

Press Release | March 23, 2011
March 23, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a challenge to a Virginia statute that limits access to state and local public records to Virginia residents.

Joined by 21 news media companies and journalism organizations, the Reporters Committee brief argues the statute is unconstitutional because it discriminates between Virginia citizens and everybody else, creating a substantial burden on the rights of journalists.

Court: FBI did not violate reporters' rights to gather news

Corinna Zarek | Newsgathering | Feature | June 20, 2008
June 20, 2008

The First Amendment rights of reporters covering a February 2006 Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at a prominent Puerto Rican activist's home were not violated when agents allegedly pushed, hit and pepper sprayed them, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Groups urge court to strike down surveillance law

Amy Harder | Privacy | Quicklink | March 21, 2008
March 21, 2008

The National Security Archive and Electronic Frontier Foundation urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to outlaw a section of a 22-year-old surveillance law that, because of a PATRIOT Act expansion, allows the FBI to obtain private records about citizens’ communications believed to advance a terrorism or espionage investigation without court approval.