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  Lawmakers chide attorney general for opposition to shield bill
  Michael Mukasey tells House committee that current laws limiting government's ability to force reporters to reveal sources are adequate.     07.24.08
 
  N. Idaho city to let meeting speakers omit addresses
  Some residents say they fear retribution if they make public comments at City Council meetings.     07.23.08
 
  Rosenberg testimony on verge of public release
  Federal judge signals he will order disclosure of most transcripts in notorious spy case, but says testimony of Ethel Rosenberg's brother, two other witnesses will remain sealed.     07.23.08
 
  N.C. judge dismisses records suit against state treasurer
  State employees association accused Richard Moore of failing to comply fully with requests for information about pension funds.     07.22.08
 
  New York Times defends not running McCain's Iraq op-ed
  Newspaper says it can't accept GOP candidate's article unless it includes 'clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate.'     07.22.08
 
  Court tosses FCC 'wardrobe malfunction' fine
  3rd Circuit panel rules that agency 'acted arbitrarily and capriciously' in punishing fleeting nudity during 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.     07.21.08
 
  Legislation, lawsuits seek to shine light on private prisons
  By Melanie Bengtson Congress is mulling bill to make private institutions that house federal inmates subject to FOIA, while ACLU, Prison Legal News are suing for access to records.     07.21.08
 
  Judge: Detroit mayor's lawyers can't ask reporters about sources
  Meanwhile, separate court rules that previously unreleased text messages in criminal case against Kwame Kilpatrick, former top aide will remain sealed.     07.19.08
 
  Pa. judge won't force reporters to testify in grand jury probe
  Lawyers for casino owner had sought testimony from 15 journalists on leaks in investigation that lead to perjury charges against their client.     07.18.08
 
  House OKs bill seeking more access to spy secrets
  Measure, which authorizes intelligence budget for next year, also includes provision barring money from being used to discourage such phrases as 'jihadist' or 'Islamo-fascism.'     07.17.08
 
  New Yorker's 'fantastical' Obama cover stirs outrage
  Satirical cartoon draws condemnations from politicians, campaigns; a warning from New York mayor.     07.15.08
 
  4th Circuit upholds dismissal of anthrax libel suit
  Three-judge panel finds Steven Hatfill is public figure who failed to prove New York Times' columns linking him to deadly 2001 anthrax attacks were malicious.     07.15.08
 
  Mo. court dismisses e-mail lawsuit against governor
  Judge puts ruling on hold for 10 days to give special investigators seeking access to messages from Gov. Matt Blunt's office opportunity to amend case.     07.15.08
 
  D.C. Circuit tosses White House appeal on visitor logs
  Three-judge panel says issuing decision in case at this time would be 'premature' because government has not yet been ordered to release any records.     07.14.08
 
  Ore. videographer vows to defy subpoena for footage
  Self-described independent journalist says he will invoke state shield law in response to court order to provide grand jury with video he shot during anti-pesticide rally.     07.13.08
 
  House votes for tighter controls over White House e-mail
  Bush administration responds with veto threat, saying measure would hamper presidents, staffs excessively.     07.11.08
 
  Wis. high court: Economic group is subject to state sunshine laws
  Justices also rule in separate case that government officials must hand over information from closed meetings as evidence in lawsuits.     07.11.08
 
  U.S. military: Review board orders AP journalist held
  Editor says news organization is shocked by U.S.-Iraqi board's 'strange' decision to detain Ahmed Nouri Raziak without charges.     07.10.08
 
  Student journalists sue Ga. college over budget cuts
  Lawsuit accuses Armstrong Atlantic State University of retaliating against campus paper for stories, editorials criticizing school.     07.10.08
 
  Ex-EPA official: Cheney's office urged cuts in climate testimony
  Sen. Barbara Boxer said heavy editing of CDC presentation to Congress was part of effort aimed at 'covering up the real dangers of global warming and hiding the facts from the public.'     07.09.08
 
  Federal judge dismisses Condit slander suit against author
  Ruling says Dominick Dunne's expression of opinion on 'Larry King Live,' without implying existence of undisclosed facts, did not constitute slander.     07.09.08
 
  N.D. Supreme Court orders some juror info made public
  Justices reject reasoning by judge in murder trial for keeping jurors' names, some questionnaire answers secret.     07.08.08
 
  Newspaper: Pa. Senate staff helped lawyer targeting reporters
  Minority leader said aides were providing constituent service when they helped attorney trying to obtain cell phone numbers of journalists subpoenaed in grand jury case.     07.08.08
 
  Texas appeals court dismisses football coach's libel suit
  Mark Zimmer claimed Palestine Herald-Press defamed him when sports editor wrote that he made an 'obscene gesture' to opposing fans after high school game.     07.08.08
 
  Wash. high court: Prisoners are entitled to public records
  However, majority allows that prisons' security policy can keep inmates from receiving requested material.     07.07.08
 
  N.C. city gets green light to ban street vendors
  Federal judge rejects newspaper's request for preliminary injunction, saying Burlington ordinance doesn't violate free speech, press.     07.07.08
 
  Hawaii governor signs journalist shield law
  Traditional, online journalists both protected from being jailed if they refuse to grant authorities' requests for source names, notes, other newsgathering materials.     07.03.08
 
  Wis. high court: Milwaukee police can keep reports secret
  Emergency-detention statements kept by police departments are exempted from state open-records law because they are mental health records, justices rule.     07.02.08
 
  S.D. justices won't stop libel case against newspaper
  Argus Leader had asked high court to determine whether 2007 column, which plaintiff claims damaged his reputation, was protected satire.     07.02.08
 
 

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