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San Diego lawyer challenges inewsource over allegations

The Law firm of  San Diego environmental attorney Cory Briggs subpoenaed inewsource’s Lorie Hearn seeking information on a story about a conflict-of -interest investigation of Briggs. Last week a non-profit associated with Briggs filed a lawsuits against Hearn and inewsource over the lease for office space inewsource has with San Diego State. (inewsource, Alpril 14, […]

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Tampa Bay Times criticized for not informing Secret Service about D.C. gyrocopter stunt

The Tampa Bay Times has come under fire for valuing a scoop more than federal government security when it failed to notify the Secret Service with sufficiently in advance that a Florida man planned to land his one-man gyrocopter to land on the Capitol lawn on Wednesday. (The Washington Post, April 15, 2015, by Paul […]

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Prior restraint fails in bid to rein in California newspaper story about alleged corruption

The City of Newport Beach failed to keep the Orange County Register from publishing a story about alleged corruption involving spending by an assistant city manager. The city claimed a Register reporter had obtained a closed session memorandum from the city attorney for a March 17 meeting that was privileged attorney-client communication and successfully petitioned […]

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Brown Act roundup: Burbank teachers protest failure to report out of closed session

Burbank teachers are protesting what they claim is a violation of the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, during the process of hiring a new district superintendent. The teachers are asking the District Attorney to investigate a failure of the board of trustees to report out of closed session. (The Burbank Leader, April 16, 2015, […]

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Indiana prosecutor flouts shield law in pursuit of reporter’s notes in murder investigation

An Indiana reporter was ordered to testify and surrender interview notes about a story she wrote in March on a murder investigation. Her employer, The Elkhart Truth, is fighting the order. Indiana has a strong shield law for journalists stipulating that they should not be forced to testify about their sources.  (The Elkhart Truth, April […]

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"Stingray" cell-phone tracking

FBI contorts and bends to keep public in dark about Stingray use

The FBI is making extraordinary efforts to keep the public from knowing much about Stingray devices, the technology that enables law enforcement agencies to set up surveillance towers that track the locations of cell phone users. The FBI falsely claims that the Federal Communications Commission requires law enforcement to sign non-disclosure agreements when buying Stingray […]

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War on ISIS: Reporters intimidated in efforts to report Iraqi government brutality

The Reuters Iraq bureau chief Jon Parker fled the country after death threats by a Shi’ite paramilitary group who objected to Reuters reports of lynchings and looting in Tikrit. Parker and two colleagues had written about human rights abuses  and widespread looting and arson in the city attributed by local politicians to Iran-backed Shi’ite militias. […]

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Justice Department holds to double speak on drone memos

Even though a federal appeals court ruled in April of 2014 that the Justice Department must release memos with the legal justification for killing U.S. citizens overseas by drone strikes because the DOJ had already publicly commented on the contents of the memos, the DOJ is still insisting that it still has the right to […]

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College free speech needs fortification

In two recent cases, college administrations cautioned their communities that free speech rights should prevail even when the speech is hateful, offensive or otherwise unsettling. But students at Brown University were recently offered an alternative event to a talk from a speaker skeptical of  arguments there is a prevailing “campus rape culture.” In response a […]

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South Carolina: Video of police shooting alters the playing field in determining culpability

In recent cases of police using lethal force against unarmed black citizens, the police are rarely found guilty, but the video of a South Carolina policeman’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop shows that video evidence can provide clear evidence crucial to a just outcome. “We’re seeing things in […]

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