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Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] criticized the government Tuesday for a lack of accountability, despite granting approval [order, PDF; opinion, PDF] to a $3 million settlement agreement in a civil suit brought by former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [official website] … [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
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
30 Sep 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a mandatory anthrax vaccination program [official website] for some members of the military. The appeals court affirmed a February 2008 district court ruling that dismissed [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] a lawsuit … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Ed Richards of Louisiana State University Law Center says that in the midst of current concerns about the spread of the H1N1 virus (popularly known as "swine flu"), passing more and stricter public health laws will neither strengthen the public health system nor effectively contain the spread … [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
19 Nov 2008
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] has vacated [order, PDF] a district court judge's contempt order [text, PDF; JURIST report] against former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [faculty profile] in connection with her refusal to disclose sources for articles she wrote about … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2008
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The Dutch government on Tuesday announced [press release, in Dutch] that it has proposed legislation [text, PDF, in Dutch] that would allow journalists to keep their sources secret from the government. The proposal comes two years after a Dutch trial judge detained two newspaper reporters [RSF press release] for … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will amend proposed investigation guidelines [JURIST report] to comport with the concerns of Congress and civil liberties groups, according to testimony by Assistant Attorney General Elisebeth Cook [official profile] given Tuesday before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [committee website]. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] on Wednesday defended proposed investigation guidelines [JURIST report] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] as a "necessary step" in fighting terrorism. Opponents have argued [JURIST report] that the changes could allow inappropriate racial and ethnic profiling and would permit agents to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] told the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] Tuesday that the federal government would commission an independent review of the FBI's use of scientific evidence in its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks [GWU backgrounder]. Mueller said during a hearing [materials] on FBI … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Attorneys for former US Army researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill [Washington Post profile] have filed a motion [PDF text] seeking to dismiss an appeal by former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [academic profile; JURIST news archive] challenging her contempt order for refusing to disclose sources for articles about the 2001 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Sep 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that in light of questions about the FBI's public identification of the late Dr. Bruce Ivins as "the only person responsible" for the 2001 anthrax attacks, Congress should demand an independent investigation to test the government's … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Judge Royce Lamberth [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered the unsealing of hundreds of documents [court materials] related to the FBI's probe into the 2001 anthrax attacks [GWU backgrounder]. Among other papers, the released documents include 14 search warrants … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Friday that it will pay former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill [WP profile] $2.8 million to settle his claim that the DOJ violated the US Privacy Act [text] by providing information about him to journalists during its investigation … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Newspapers in Tennessee, California, Georgia, and Ohio [editorials] and several other states carried editorials Monday in support of US Senate passage of a proposed federal reporter shield law [S. 2035 text, PDF; bill materials], of the law, citing the occasional necessity of source anonymity. The Free Flow of Information … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday upheld [text, PDF] the dismissal of a libel case brought against the New York Times by former US Army biodefense research scientist Dr. Stephen Hatfill [WP profile]. In its ruling, the court agreed with … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice announced [press release] Friday that it has settled a lawsuit [settlement text, PDF] brought by former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill [WP profile], a development that may moot a landmark contempt case against former USA Today reporter Toni Locy [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

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