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Bulletin Summer 2018: Volume 23, No. 3

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Journalists Face Physical Violence, Other Dangers in the United States and Abroad

In the late spring and early summer of 2018, several journalists faced different dangers in the United States and abroad.  Continue reading.

Trump Administration Targets Journalist, Leaker of Government Information, and Former Government Employees Who Took Classified Documents

In the spring and summer of 2018, President Donald Trump’s administration continued to target and prosecute leaders of government information, as well as individuals who took classified documents without authorization.  Continue reading.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires, Leaves Strong Legacy on First Amendment Jurisprudence, Mixed Legacy on Fourth Amendment

On June 27, 2018, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy sent a letter to President Donald Trump announcing that he was retiring after 30 years on the court. Continue reading.

Federal Courts and State Governors Deal with First Amendment Implications of Politicians Blocking Social Media Users

In the spring and early summer of 2018, two federal judges reached different rulings in cases raising First Amendment questions about politicians blocking social media users.  Continue reading.

Minnesota and Federal Courts Grapple with Defamation Questions; Right-Wing Radio Host Faces Several Defamation Lawsuits

In the first half of 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals and a federal district court grappled with questions arising in defamation cases.  Continue reading.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Law Enforcement Must Obtain Warrant to Access Individuals’ Historical Cell Site Records

On June 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Carpenter v. United States, ruled in a 5-4 decision that government actors need a warrant to obtain historical data from cell phone carriers detailing the movements of a cellphone user, known as cell site location information (CSLI).  Continue reading.

New York’s Highest Court Rules New York Times Reporter Must Testify in Trial

On June 27, 2018, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled in a 4-3 memorandum order that New York Times Reporter Frances Robles did not have the right to appeal a trial judge’s decision compelling her to testify about jailhouse interviews she had conducted with Conrado Juárez, who was accused of killing a toddler in 1991.  Continue reading.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fires Longtime Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers

On June 14, 2018, several media outlets reported that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had fired its longtime editorial cartoonist, Rob Rogers.  Continue reading.

FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality Takes Effect, Faces Continued Legal and Legislative Opposition

On June 11, 2018, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality officially took effect, leading several observers to consider the possible implications of the repeal.  Continue reading.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Actions Continue to Raise First and Fourth Amendment Questions

On Jan. 4, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new directive revising its policies regarding searches of electronic devices and information at U.S. borders amidst growing criticism from observers that such searches without probable cause or a warrant constituted a violation of the First and Fourth Amendments.  Continue reading.

Courts in the United Kingdom and the United States Wrestle with the “Right to Be Forgotten”

In the first half of 2018, courts in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States grappled with the “right to be forgotten,” the right of individuals to have online search engine search results removed.  Continue reading.

Wetterling Family Decides Not to Appeal Judge’s Order Requiring the Release of State Documents from Wetterling Investigation

On July 21, 2018, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the family of Jacob Wetterling, who 1989 abduction and murder prompted a 27-year investigationi, had decided not to appeal a district judge’s ruling requiring the release of state documents from the investigation case file.  Continue reading.

Federal Judge Imposes Prior Restraint on Los Angeles Times, Later Vacates Own Order

On July 14, 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported that Judge John F. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California had ordered the newspaper to remove information from an article concerning a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale, Calif. police detective tied to organized crime.  Continue reading.

District Court Rules in Favor of CIA in Selective Disclosure FOIA Case

On March 29, 2018, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) motion for summary judgment in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, case brought by Adam Johnson, and independent journalist and contributing analyst for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporter (FAIR), a progressive media watchdog organization.  Continue reading.

Minnesota Supreme Court Allows Audio and Video Recordings in Some Portions of Criminal Cases

On July 2, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order allowing audio and video recording in most criminal proceedings “after a guilty plea has been accepted or a guilty verdict has been returned.”  Continue reading.

U.S. Court of Appeals Calls PETA Bananas in Monkey Selfie Case

On April 24, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an Indonesian monkey named Naruto could not sue for copyright infringement over the publication of selfies he took using photographer David John Slater’s unattended camera in 2011.  Continue reading.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. to Deliver 33rd Annual Silha Lecture: “The First Amendment and #MeToo”

On Dec. 18, 2017, Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as 2017 “Person of the Year,” recognizing the #MeToo movement, an international campaign against sexual harassment and assault.  Continue reading.

Dr. Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Former Interim Director of the Silha Center, Passes Away in May 2018

On May 30, 2018, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication Emerita Professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia passed away at the age of 79.  Continue reading.

In Memory of Helen Fitch Silha

The Silha Center gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following who made donations in memory of Helen Fitch Silha.  Continue reading.










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