Truck-Stop Tiger

The Ninth Circuit ruled against an animal rights group seeking records relating to state court litigation about a tiger named Tony, who was displayed in a case at a Louisiana truck stop. The Freedom of Information Act allows for expedited processing of records if failure to obtain them poses an imminent threat to an “individual,” but animals are not “individuals.”

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Judge Says Spinoff Manafort Probes Still Active

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel has been exploring reporting over Ukraine-related lobbying from many dimensions, but a federal judge forestalled one of the avenues of his research on Monday, warning that journalistic scrutiny “could reveal the existence of law enforcement proceedings that are not officially acknowledged or publicly known.”

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Quest for Food Stamp Data Lands Newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program.

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