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  Univ. of Ill. under fire for not opening Obama-related files
  College says it can't yet release records related to Democratic candidate's service to nonprofit group because unidentified donor hasn't turned over ownership rights.     08.20.08
 
  Conn. judge won't allow release of ex-inmate's records
  Associated Press had requested prison documents related to case of man who served 18 years for crime he didn't commit.     08.19.08
 
  Fla. court limits access to D.C. Madam's suicide photos
  Judge says pictures can be viewed under state's public-records law but can't be copied or published.     08.19.08
 
  Jack Landau, 'First Amendment guerrilla,' dies
  Veteran reporter helped organize Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 1970.     08.18.08
 
  Lawyer's disciplinary records aren't public, Mont. justices decide
  State high court rejects newspaper's call to release records, saying it would be unfair to former city attorney to change rules now.     08.15.08
 
  FBI to newspapers: Sorry about reporters' phone records
  Director Robert Mueller calls New York Times, Washington Post editors to apologize for improperly obtaining journalists' call records in 2004.     08.12.08
 
  Info in Okla. court cases frequently kept under wraps
  Tulsa World analysis finds thousands of cases and documents have been sealed by state district judges since 2003.     08.12.08
 
  N.Y. mayor restores news-media access to crime info
  Buffalo's Byron Brown overrides police policy change, saying he agrees with concerns voiced by residents who want to know where crimes happen.     08.11.08
 
  U.S. military contractor can't sue Air America for defamation
  4th Circuit finds radio host's criticism of company that interrogated Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib was protected by First Amendment.     08.06.08
 
  Fla. newspaper: Black reporter booted from McCain rally
  Executive editor says campaign has done 'the right thing' and apologized but that he still has issues with how Secret Service agent acted.     08.06.08
 
  Federal judge orders files unsealed in anthrax probe
  Documents are expected to reveal how FBI narrowed scope of its nearly seven-year investigation to Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins.     08.06.08
 
  Texas judge orders governor's travel records released
  Court rejects state Department of Public Safety's arguments that making information public would place Rick Perry or anyone else in imminent danger.     08.05.08
 
  Lawsuit against Nancy Grace, CNN moves ahead
  Federal judge refuses to dismiss claims that former prosecutor, talk-show host pushed mother of missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning.     08.05.08
 
  Divided 3rd Circuit says jurors must be ID'd in coroner's trial
  Court votes 2-1 to overturn federal judge's plan to keep names secret in fraud trial of former Pennsylvania county coroner.     08.04.08
 
  New Web site aims to make N.Y. government more transparent
  SeeThroughNY.net allows residents to find out how state, local governments and schools spend taxpayer money and how elected representatives use public funds to cover expenses.     08.02.08
 
  Wash. high court protects identities of some teachers
  Majority finds educator's identity should be made public only when alleged sexual misconduct has been substantiated or when conduct results in some form of discipline.     08.01.08
 
  Pet-food research isn't public info, rules Miss. high court
  Animal-rights group had claimed Mississippi State University violated open-records law by refusing to release records of experiments conducted for Iams Company.     08.01.08
 
  Agency makes it tough to keep tabs on animal kills
  Latest report on animal-control efforts from Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency obscures nationwide figures.     07.31.08
 
  Private prison company is subject to Tenn. open-records law
  Davidson County judge says overriding issue is whether Corrections Corporation of America performs a government function.     07.30.08
 
  Media shield stalls in Senate
  Republicans block measure, saying chamber should act instead on energy bill.     07.30.08
 
  EPA instructs staff not to talk to investigators, reporters
  'The clear intention behind this move is to chill the cubicles by suppressing any uncontrolled information,' says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility executive director.     07.29.08
 
  Sheriff's deputy prevails in libel suit against Ind. newspaper
  Jury agrees with Jeff Maynard that two Tribune-Star articles published in 2004 contained 'false and defamatory' allegations, awarding him $1.5 million.     07.28.08
 
  Fla. court: Video of fatal restaurant shooting can't be copied
  Judge says allowing public to view, but not reproduce or distribute, security footage balances right to know with family's right to privacy.     07.28.08
 
  Federal judge refuses to force reporter to reveal sources
  However, grand jury plans to subpoena Washington Times' Bill Gertz to find out who leaked information for story on export-conspiracy indictments.     07.25.08
 
  Utah broadcasters subpoenaed in bribery probe
  Prosecutors are seeking edited, unedited tapes of interviews as they investigate allegations that candidate in GOP primary race for state treasurer tried to bribe opponent.     07.25.08
 
  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
 
 

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