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  Newspapers seek government records in anthrax inquiry
  'The public has a right to know why [Stephen Hatfill] was targeted,' says attorney for New York Times and Los Angeles Times.     11.13.08
  Mich. minister jailed for warning that judge faced God's wrath
  ACLU, which is handling Rev. Edward Pinkney's appeal, says case may be 'first time in modern history that a preacher has been imprisoned for predicting what God might do.'     11.13.08
  NYPD quietly drops policy on videotaping political activity
  NYCLU, which has challenge to police surveillance rules pending in federal court, says department changed regulation last year but group wasn't notified until last month.     11.13.08
  2 Calif. high school newspapers shuttered
  ACLU sues after Tomahawk is scrapped; students decry cancellation of Scots Express after one issue.     11.12.08
  Jonesboro deposition remains sealed for now
  Judge rules videotape of Andrew Golden, one of two boys who killed five people at middle school in 1998, won't be released until after civil lawsuit.     11.12.08
  Lawsuit revives controversy over nude musical revue
  Gay arts group claims Milwaukee ordinance is unconstitutional because it gives officials 'unbridled discretion' over permit process.     11.12.08
  High court won't hear challenge to sealed case
  Legal newspaper publisher — backed by press advocate, 29 media groups — had sought access to case involving woman who claimed employer fired her because she had abortion.     11.11.08
  Federal judge won't toss White House e-mail suit
  Court allows two watchdog groups to pursue their case as they press government to recover millions of possibly missing electronic messages.     11.11.08
  Judge OKs private meetings between Philly mayor, City Council
  Two newspapers had sued to open closed-door budget briefings, which their reporters had been barred from attending.     11.11.08
  FBI kept file on journalist David Halberstam
  Graduate students obtain documents — which show agency monitored prize-winning author's reporting for more than 20 years — by filing FOIA request.     11.10.08
  7th Circuit: Ill. not required to issue 'Choose Life' plates
  Three-judge panel reverses lower court ruling, says state officials are within their rights in keeping any viewpoint on abortion off state's tags.     11.10.08
  Ohio agency director put on leave amid 'plumber' probe
  State inspector is investigating whether Helen Jones-Kelley improperly authorized search of Samuel 'Joe' Wurzelbacher's records.     11.10.08
  Federal judge sides with 2 outspoken Detroit teachers
  Court orders Stephen Conn and Heather Miller restored to classrooms, calling them competent educators who were punished for exercising free speech.     11.10.08
  'Jena 6' proceedings should have been open
  Louisiana appeals court finds judge didn't have authority to close juvenile courtroom, but doesn't say if news media can have access to records in Mychal Bell case.     11.09.08
  Craigslist to crack down on prostitution ads
  Company CEO says deal with law enforcement will allow legitimate escort services to continue advertising, while providing strong disincentive to those conducting illegal business.     11.08.08
  Fla. law against civilians wearing military uniforms ruled too broad
  By David L. Hudson Jr. State appeals court finds 'statute has the potential to criminalize wholly innocent conduct, and is not narrowly tailored to address its goal.'     11.07.08
  Judge rules against 2 ejected from '05 Bush event
  Plaintiffs were essentially arguing that they were not allowed to participate in president's speech, federal judge finds.     11.07.08
  Longtime student-media advocate still going strong
  By Courtney Holliday Since 1974, Student Press Law Center has worked to ensure that high school, college journalists have legal resources necessary to fight censorship.     11.07.08
  Settlement brings end to 'Bong Hits' case
  Alaska school district to pay $45,000 to Joseph Frederick; in return, former student will drop remaining legal claims.     11.06.08
  S.D. measure targeting government-funded lobbying fails
  Opponents, who had labeled initiative a gag law, said it would have restricted free speech, wasted taxpayer money and weakened voice of communities in state decisions.     11.06.08
  Calif. county to allow Muslim headscarves in jails
  Officials settle lawsuit filed by woman who claims deputies violated her religious freedom by making her remove hijab during 12-hour incarceration.     11.06.08
  10th Circuit asked to block Terry Nichols deposition
  U.S. attorneys appeal federal judge's order in FOIA suit, saying act covers records, not people.     11.06.08
  Court avoids dirty words during TV indecency hearing
  Justices spend an hour talking about profanity on television without making plain how they would decide whether government could ban such words.     11.05.08
  2 Colo. counties limit press access to polling places
  Clerks in El Paso and Jefferson counties say they weren't trying to interfere with coverage of election by requiring reporters to clear visits with them.     11.05.08
  Calif. police return confiscated news footage
  School district police chief had seized video of confrontation with Oakland Tribune photographer who was filming student protest.     11.05.08
  High court won't hear challenge to funding of N.C. judicial races
  4th Circuit had upheld state's system of voluntary public financing, which has been a model for other states.     11.04.08
  Wis. appeals court: Group can run campaign ad
  Lower court judge had barred Coalition for America's Families from airing ad accusing Assembly candidate of supporting free health care for illegal immigrants.     11.04.08
  Pa. judge OKs news photographers outside polling places
  Ruling in suit brought by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, court says journalists can take pictures as long as they stay outside 10-foot buffer zone.     11.04.08
  Public views news media as plumbing the depths for info on Joe
  Journalism expert says reporters' requests for public records on Ohio plumber were appropriate; meanwhile, state inspector general probes whether other info was improperly accessed.     11.04.08
  Research suggests link between sexy TV, teen pregnancies
  Study is first to connect viewing habits with teen pregnancy, says Rand Corp. behavioral scientist.     11.03.08

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