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  Pa. newspaper loses appeal of $3.5 million libel verdict
  State appeals court upholds ruling that Citizens' Voice defamed businessman and one of his companies.     09.22.08
  Journalists swept up in GOP convention protests won't face charges
  'This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press,' mayor says in statement.     09.22.08
  Cheney ordered to save vice-presidential records
  Bush administration's legal position 'heightens the court's concern' that some documents may not be preserved, says federal judge.     09.22.08
  Hackers break in to Palin's e-mail account
  Secret Service asks Associated Press for copies of leaked messages, which have circulated widely online; news service won't comply.     09.18.08
  W.Va. high court releases chief justice's e-mails
  Move comes one day after lower court orders messages' disclosure, ruling judicial officers aren't exempt from state's open-records laws.     09.17.08
  Wis. appeals court tosses case seeking to make draft bills public
  Judges rule former attorney general doesn't have legal standing to continue case since she left office after losing re-election in 2006.     09.17.08
  Texas TV station apologizes for testing hospital security
  Potter County district attorney criticizes KCBD, saying apology, which was part of deal between authorities and NBC affiliate, lacked 'sincerity.'     09.16.08
  Targets of Tenn. trooper's background checks not public record
  But state attorney general says list will become public once criminal investigation into Lt. Ronnie Shirley's actions is complete.     09.16.08
  Legal newspaper asks high court to unseal docket
  Public might never have known about Pennsylvania case except for 3rd Circuit decision earlier this year that revived the 'Jane Doe' lawsuit.     09.15.08
  Flint, Mich., police lift gag order on officers
  ACLU releases letter from police chief rescinding ban on talking to news media.     09.14.08
  Ex-prosecutor gets go-ahead to question Detroit reporter
  Federal judge rejects David Ashenfelter's bid to protect confidential sources, saying court is bound by precedent set by 6th Circuit, which doesn't recognize journalist's privilege.     09.11.08
  Watchdog group sues Cheney over records
  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is concerned that vice president will argue that his files aren't subject to Presidential Records Act.     09.10.08
  No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script
  Aide tells journalists on campaign plane that all in-flight conversations with Palin will be off the record unless the news media are told otherwise.     09.10.08
  Alternative newspaper accuses Texas mayor of censorship
  Federal lawsuit says Laredo’s Raul Salinas violated First Amendment by having 2007 issue removed from newsstands at City Hall, airport.     09.10.08
  Government secrecy is on the rise, FOI coalition warns
  'The open society on which we pride ourselves has been undermined and will take hard work to repair,' says report released by     09.09.08
  CBS sues NFL Players Association over fantasy football
  Network goes to federal court, hoping to establish its right to use statistics without charge in online leagues.     09.09.08
  Some question police after 800 arrests at GOP convention
  AP requests accounting of treatment of two of its photographers; Reporters Committee asks officials to drop criminal citations issued to up to 20 detained journalists.     09.08.08
  Smithsonian chief: Museum should keep FOIA exemption
  New head says institution should become more open and transparent but says he opposes effort in Congress to place Smithsonian under federal public-records law.     09.08.08
  Report: 2 journalists barred from Detroit mayor's speech
  Free Press says police bodyguards blocked reporters from address given by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick hours after he resigned as part of plea deal in two criminal cases.     09.06.08
  Police arrest nearly 400 as GOP wraps up convention
  At least 19 reporters assigned to cover protests were detained, including two AP journalists who were issued citations for unlawful assembly and then released.     09.05.08
  Historian, First Amendment lawyer discuss conflicting rights
  By Laura Brookover First Amendment Center kicks off fall author series with program highlighting book about case that inspired landmark free-press/fair-trial ruling.     09.05.08
  Mont. judge: Shield law protects anonymous commentators
  Court rejects former candidate's bid for identities of those who posted comments on Billings Gazette's online edition.     09.04.08
  Minn. police release jailed Ky. journalism students
  Britney McIntosh and Edward Matthews were photographing violent protests in St. Paul when they were arrested, held in jail for two nights.     09.04.08
  Feds ordered to produce waterboarding memos
  Federal judge has given officials until Oct. 3 to disclose records on harsh interrogation methods used by CIA or explain why documents should be kept secret.     09.04.08
  Ky. journalism students arrested while covering anti-war protest
  Edward C. Matthews and Britney D. McIntosh were still being held today though their newspaper adviser was released; 10 more arrests reported yesterday.     09.03.08
  AP photographer, TV-radio host arrested during anti-war protest
  286 people were arrested yesterday in St. Paul, including two producers with syndicated Democracy Now! show; all journalists were released by this morning.     09.02.08
  Iowa city says flood-damage data isn't public record
  Cedar Rapids officials say info belongs to FEMA, not the city, but newspaper cites 11th Circuit ruling that said such data should be disclosed.     09.02.08
  N.H. judge clears newspaper in malice lawsuit
  Court finds The Telegraph published article in good faith, had public's interest in mind and conducted extensive research in reporting on arrest of Terry Thomas.     08.31.08
  Lawsuit seeks DNA records from Billy the Kid probe
  Newspaper publisher, amateur historian say New Mexico county is withholding public records concerning analysis of blood from a bench where outlaw's body was placed.     08.30.08

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