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  10th Circuit won't revive defamation suit against Grisham, others
  By David L. Hudson Jr. Former Oklahoma prosecutor, investigators claimed authors libeled them in books about two men's wrongful rape, murder convictions.     02.04.10
 
  Kan. high court refuses to shield reporter from testifying
  Dodge City Globe had challenged subpoena on grounds that forcing Claire O'Brien to testify would violate her First Amendment rights, hurt her ability to gather news.     02.03.10
 
  Cities can't be plaintiffs in open-meetings lawsuit, Texas argues
  State attorney general tells court four towns can't challenge statute on free-speech grounds because, as government agencies, they don't have First Amendment rights.     02.03.10
 
  Mass. high court: Journalist can't invoke anti-SLAPP law
  Unanimous decision allows real-estate developer to continue defamation lawsuit against Boston newspaper reporter.     02.02.10
 
  N.H. high court orders group to turn over salary records
  Justices say knowing how public body spends taxpayers' money in conducting public business 'is essential to the transparency of government.'     02.01.10
 
  Government secrecy often the rule in Mississippi
  Despite open-meetings and public-records laws that are decades old, access to information can be difficult.     01.30.10
 
  Study finds government subsidies for news media shrinking
  Many agencies preparing to shift public-notice ads online, cutting out important revenue for newspapers.     01.29.10
 
  Conn. tries to stop inmates seeking dirt on guards
  State considers restricting prisoners from using FOI laws to get personal information on guards for harassment purposes.     01.28.10
 
  Defamation suit against baseball team, announcer strikes out
  Dismissing case against Milwaukee Brewers and Bob Uecker, Wisconsin appeals court adopts new legal standard that will limit lawsuits over allegedly defamatory communications.     01.28.10
 
  N.J. high court: Sexual-harassment settlement should be public
  Asbury Park Press filed suit seeking records after Monmouth County refused to disclose terms of deal with county employee.     01.27.10
 
  9th Circuit sides with Calif. newspaper in labor dispute
  Citing First Amendment, panel says Santa Barbara News-Press shouldn't be forced to immediately rehire workers who were fired for union activity.     01.27.10
 
  Pa. court won't ban courtroom tweets during trial
  Judge says doing so would be beyond his legal authority to limit reports on court proceedings and that barring something that hasn't yet happened would be an impermissible prior restraint.     01.26.10
 
  Kan. reporter ordered to testify at murder trial
  Claire O'Brien receives subpoena day after state high court blocked prosecution efforts to force her to hand over notes from interview with suspect.     01.22.10
 
  Government posting wealth of info on Internet
  Obama administration issued directive last month that each Cabinet-level agency must release three collections of 'high-value' data.     01.22.10
 
  Conn. justices refuse to overturn judicial-records case
  High court says man's claims that sealed dockets are administrative records subject to state FOI law can't be settled by law or court 'because no practical relief is available.'     01.21.10
 
  Ohio judge bars reporting on trial in girl's death
  Judge Keith Muehlfeld says he doesn't want the public to read or hear about mother's case before court seats jury for ex-boyfriend's trial the following week.     01.21.10
 
  Kan. Supreme Court halts reporter testimony
  Justices give parties in Dodge City case until Jan. 25 to respond to emergency stay.     01.20.10
 
  Congress clears way for donation of FDR papers
  Legislation awaiting president's signature clears away ownership dispute.     01.19.10
 
  Secret bill-writing on the rise
  Trend on much congressional legislation is to shut the door and keep the minority party, cable TV and other media on the outside.     01.19.10
 
  High court to decide if petition signers' names are public
  Gay-rights opponents in Washington state argue that publicity about them would lead to harassment.     01.15.10
 
  Judge in gay-marriage case abandons bid for Web broadcast
  Day after high court indefinitely blocks his plan, Vaughn Walker says he's withdrawing his application to have case videotaped because he doesn't want issue to distract from trial itself.     01.15.10
 
  Early jury selection closed in abortion slaying case
  Judge in Wichita trial tells news outlets they can cover juror proceedings once the pool has narrowed.     01.14.10
 
  2nd Circuit rehears 'fleeting expletives' case
  Three-judge panel seems poised to toss FCC's policy, keeping government lawyer on defensive during oral arguments and at times mocking government's position.     01.14.10
 
  High court: no cameras at gay-marriage trial
  Voting 5-4, justices reject lower court judge's proposal to post delayed trial recordings on court's Web site.     01.13.10
 
  News media join university's fight against subpoena for grades
  Illinois prosecutors argue Northwestern students may have been motivated to find evidence of man's innocence to get better grades.     01.13.10
 
  Wyo. high court rules against secret meetings
  Justices agree Cheyenne building-code board was wrong to hold secret meeting, but say board's decision to deny permits can stand.     01.12.10
 
  Court blocks broadcast of Calif. gay-marriage trial
  Justices say proceedings can't be posted on YouTube until they have more time to consider issue.     01.11.10
 
  AIG bailout secrecy could mean Geithner testifies
  Congressional Republicans call for hearings into e-mails showing that Federal Reserve suppressed details about deals that allowed big banks to collect billions in bailout.     01.09.10
 
  Calif. governor won't I.D. lawmakers who attended private lunch
  Legal experts say information is central to determining whether state open-meetings laws were violated when public, reporters were shut out of gathering.     01.08.10
 
 

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