California Courts Shutting Doors: ‘Does Not Warrant Secrecy’

As California courts scramble to comply with a statewide shelter-in-place order, First Amendment advocates and press groups are asking Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to ensure that the media and public can still cover court hearings, which are ongoing, and review new court records, which continue to be filed.

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Kentucky Students in Viral Encounter Sue Over Tweets From Writers

Several Kentucky Catholic school students involved in last year’s videotaped confrontation with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and others, claiming their tweets about the incident sparked harassment and threats.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Sets Limit on Fair-Report Privilege

What began with a youth football league’s fundraiser gone bad led to the Tennessee Supreme Court deciding on Thursday the fair report privilege – the privilege protecting journalists reporting on what is said during official government proceedings from defamation claims – doesn’t extend to journalists reporting on what officials tell them in one-on-one interviews.

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Texas House Speaker Won’t Face Charges in Tape Scandal

A district attorney declined Thursday to criminally charge the speaker of the Texas House over a secret recording that revealed he offered a conservative activist press credentials in exchange for attacks on fellow Republican lawmakers he deemed too moderate.

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