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Charges have been dropped against a journalist arrested for photographing voters in 2004. James S. Henry, a journalist, lawyer and author from Sag Harbor, N.Y., was chased, tackled, arrested and charged with three misdemeanors following the incident: disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and unlawful solicitation of voters, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Charges have been dropped against a journalist arrested for photographing voters in 2004. James S. Henry, a journalist, lawyer and author from Sag Harbor, N.Y., was chased, tackled, arrested and charged with three misdemeanors following the incident: disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and unlawful solicitation of voters, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in March 2007 that the media and public have no First Amendment right to attend a Massachusetts show-cause hearing in Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. v. Clerk-Magistrate of the Lawrence Division of the District Court Dept., Mass., No. SJC-09665 (Mass. 2007).

A federal judge has prohibited the mayor of Toledo from barring a radio reporter from city news conferences. U.S. District Judge James Carr ruled in favor of Kevin Milliken and his radio station WSPD-AM, a talk station in Toledo, in their suit alleging Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and his spokesman Brian Schwartz engaged in discriminatory practices and violated Milliken’s constitutional rights by prohibiting him from attending news conferences. Carr originally issued a temporary restraining order against Finkbeiner’s actions on Jan. 16, 2007, and later made the order permanent on January 31 in Citicasters Co. v. Carleton Finkbeiner, 07-CV-00117 (W.D. Ohio 2007).

United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia has vetoed a government prosecution proposal that he said would have effectively walled off the public from the espionage trial of two former lobbyists.

Days before the United States was to conduct “combatant status review tribunals” to determine whether prisoners being held at detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were properly classified as “enemy combatants,” the Pentagon announced that reporters would be barred from the hearings. The announcement was made on March 6, 2007, three days before the hearings were scheduled to begin for 14 detainees who were transferred from secret CIA-operated prisons in September 2006.

A consortium of media organizations in Minnesota has petitioned the state Supreme Court for increased electronic access to trials in its state courts. The petition was filed as part of “Sunshine Week,” an effort led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors since 2002 to raise public awareness about the importance of open government. As the Bulletin went to press, the Supreme Court had not yet responded to the petition.

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