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Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Law, says that by failing to provide shield protection at the Federal level, the US risks both a chilling effect on investigative journalism and an increased potential for the uncontrolled release of information ...Journalists who are performing their … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] approved a bill Thursday that would protect journalists' abilities to shield sources in federal court proceedings. Under the Free Flow of Information Act [S 448 materials], which was approved 14-5, the federal government would not be able compel a journalist to produce … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] did not violate the free speech rights of former agent Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] when it prevented her from revealing certain classified information in her … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Obama administration, top lawmakers, and news organizations reached an agreement [press release] Friday on legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. The compromise version of the Free Flow of Information Act [HR 985 materials] would extend protections to journalists by … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2009
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [order, PDF; memorandum opinion PDF] the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to release some files from its interview with former vice president Dick Cheney [BBC profile] over his role in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday informed Congress that it objects to a proposed journalist shield law that would protect journalists who refuse to disclose sources that leak national security information. Under changes proposed by the administration, a reporter who provides leaked information that is deemed relevant to national security … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved Tuesday a bill that would limit the government's ability to compel reporters to disclose confidential sources by delineating conditions under which it may do so. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2009 [H.R. 985 materials] was approved swiftly through a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [HR 985 materials] that would limit the government's ability to compel reporters to disclose confidential sources. Under the terms of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2009, parties seeking the identity of confidential sources from reporters … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Judge Robert Cleland of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday ordered journalist David Ashenfelter to attend a second deposition to answer questions regarding unnamed sources he used in connection with a 2004 article on former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino. Cleland declined … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Witnesses before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday presented testimony [video; hearing materials] discussing the Rule of Law and criticizing the White House [official website] for exceeding the limits of constitutional authority during George Bush's presidency. At a Subcommittee on the Constitution [official website] hearing, subcommittee … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration which was brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Witnesses before the US House Judiciary Committee on Friday presented sharply divided opinions [C-span video, flash; hearing materials] on whether the White House [official website] has overstepped its constitutional authority during George Bush's presidency, and whether or not such alleged abuses would justify his impeachment. Committee chairman John Conyers … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [prepared statement, PDF; press release] to the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday that during his remaining time in office he will focus primarily on addressing the legal rights of US-held enemy combatants and ensuring that voting rights [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [official profile] invoked executive privilege Wednesday to prevent members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official website] from obtaining an FBI report on an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney concerning the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive]. The Committee had … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] has issued a subpoena [text, PDF; press release] to Attorney General Michael Mukasey for documents relating to the Valerie Plame leak scandal [JURIST news archive] and other Committee investigations. The Committee specifically requested transcripts of interviews with US President George W. Bush, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan [appointment release] testified Friday that he was unaware of any criminal wrongdoing [hearing materials] by administration officials who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive]. Appearing before the US House Judiciary Committee [official website], McClellan said that he … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The District of Columbia Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday issued a disbarment order [PDF text] for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], banning him from practicing law in the District of Columbia. The DC Bar's Board on Professional Responsibility [official site] found that Libby's … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] US Magistrate Judge John Facciola Tuesday ordered [PDF text; CREW press release] the White House to explain why it should not be required to create forensic copies of all e-mails passed through computers in the Executive Office of the President [official website] between March 2003 to October 2005. In … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] has scheduled a hearing [press release] for mid-February to look into White House compliance with the Presidential Records Act and to investigate the contradiction between comments [press briefing; JURIST report] made Thursday by White House Deputy Press … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto Thursday dismissed allegations that millions of electronic messages prior to October 2003 had been deleted, saying the White House had found no evidence that any electronic data had been lost. Fratto told [press briefing] reporters that:We have absolutely no reason to believe … [read more]

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