Volume 24, Number 3
Below is the Table of Contents for the Summer 2019 edition of the Silha Bulletin. Click on the title to read the full article.
On May 23, 2019, several media outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had released and indictment alleging 17 additional charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, all of which were under the Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. § 793.
Searches and Seizures: Police Raid Freelance Journalist’s Home and Office, Prompting Criticism and Legal Action
On May 10, 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that officers from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) had raided the home and office of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, seizing documents and electronic devices.
On July 9. 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that President Donald Trump could not block Twitter users from his Twitter account, reasoning that he had created a public forum and that blocking users that criticized him or his policies constituted viewpoint-based discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.
In a May 8, 2019 Washington Post opinion piece, Dana Milbank, the Post’s op-ed columnist covering national politics, wrote that he had received an email from the White House Press Office stating that his hard press pass, a physical press credential granting him access to the White House, had been revoked.
On July 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in a press release that it was imposing a $5 billion fine against Facebook, as well as instituting ever new “privacy restrictions” on the social media company.
In the spring and summer of 2019, momentum for federal data privacy legislation intensified during the 116th Congress, which saw several data privacy bills introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Supreme Court News: Supreme Court Rulings Address First Amendment and FOIA Questions
In the summer of 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in three separate cases related to the First Amendment and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.
On July 16, 2019, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died of complications following a stroke.
In the summer of 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky rules in four notable defamation cases.
On May 22, 2019, Hennepin County, Minn. Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Kathryn Quaintance ordered that members of the media and public be allowed not only to view, but also to make copies of key evidence from the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor.
In the summer of 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continued to raise legal questions and concerns related to a data breach exposing thousands of photographs of travelers, vehicles, and license plates, as well as the agency’s continued practice of searching and seizing journalists’ electronic devices at U.S. borders.
In the summer of 2019, two editorial cartoons depicting President Donald Trump garnered worldwide criticism, leading to controversial responses by The New York Times and Canadian publisher Brunswick News Inc. (BNI).
On July 16, Judge William Orrick III of the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California issued a tentative ruling in favor of pro-life activist David Daleiden, finding that the First Amendment protected him and his anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) from certain damages sought by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (Planned Parenthood).
Silha Center Events: Attorney Kelli L. Sager to Deliver 34th Annual Silha Lecture: “In Defense of Public Trials: Access to Court Proceedings in the Internet Age”
Almost a quarter of a century after the O. J. Simspon criminal trial riveted the country, the public’s ability to observe or even read about court proceedings has barely progressed.