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10th Circuit reverses dismissal of 'Dateline' defamation case

Bradleigh Chance | Libel | News | July 14, 2014
July 14, 2014

Last week the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that while NBCUniversal reporters did not violate anyone’s Fourth Amendment rights creating the 2008 Dateline segment titled “Tricks of the Trade,” a lower court will have to review the originally dismissed defamation claims made by an insurance broker featured in the piece.

Tyrone M. Clark and his company, Brokers’ Choice of America, initially sued NBC over video clips recorded with a hidden camera by Dateline crew members during an insurance brokers’ seminar in Colorado located on BCA property.

The reporters worked with Alabama law enforcement to gain access to the event since it was only open to licensed insurance agents, which Clark and BCA claimed to be a Fourth Amendment violation of the company’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Temporary ordinance in Florida bans items used by journalists

Emily Miller | Newsgathering | News | July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012

Media lawyers are concerned about a temporary ordinance that, among other things, bans certain items, such as gas masks, during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Ohio Supreme Court orders unsealing of records in high-profile criminal prosecution

Emily Miller | Secret Courts | News | July 27, 2012
July 27, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered a judge to release all records sealed during the criminal prosecutions of several Mahoning County officials and business owners. The state high court also prohibited the judge from issuing further orders sealing records in the high-profile criminal-conspiracy case.

“We decide this case based on the Rules of Superintendence, which provide for public access to court records,” according to the opinion issued Wednesday.

Judge unseals court records in Trayvon Martin shooting

Rachel Bunn | Secret Courts | News | April 24, 2012
April 24, 2012

A Florida judge unsealed court records relating to the case of George Zimmerman - who is charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin - following legal requests by several news organizations.

Reporter's tweeted photo of juror leads judge to declare mistrial in murder prosecution

Rachel Bunn | Newsgathering | News | April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012

A Kansas judge declared a mistrial in a murder case after a reporter tweeted a photograph containing the profile of a juror.

Texas judge limits media coverage of murder trial

Rachel Bunn | Prior Restraints | Feature | January 10, 2012
January 10, 2012

A Texas district judge unhappy about media coverage has loosened -- but not completely eliminated -- a court order that severely limited news gathering in a murder trial in Fort Worth after a newspaper requested her to reconsider.

Reporters Committee asks U.S. Supreme Court to allow audio, video coverage of health-care reform arguments

Press Release | November 18, 2011
November 18, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has written to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts asking the Court to allow audio and video recording of upcoming oral arguments in the three cases involving proposed federal health-care legislation.

Reporters Committee disturbed by detention of credentialed journalists at "Occupy" protests

Press Release | November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011

The singling out of credentialed journalists in an attempt to separate them from the news events unfolding at the police disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street protests is outrageous and unacceptable, according to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish.

“It’s extremely disturbing that credentialed reporters would be singled out in a roundup aimed at preventing them from witnessing police activity at the disbanding of the Occupy Wall Street camp,” Dalglish said. “What country are we living in?

Police reality show doesn't violate Ill. publicity statute

Rachel Costello | Newsgathering | Feature | March 4, 2011
March 4, 2011

A police reality show is protected under the First Amendment because airing an arrest is a matter of public concern, a federal court ruled earlier this week.

Judge denies Fort Hood suspect's request for closed hearing

Rosemary Lane | Secret Courts | Feature | September 17, 2010
September 17, 2010

A military officer rejected a defense request Thursday to close an upcoming hearing for the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting suspect after the defense claimed pre-trial publicity would impede a fair trial.