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Bartnicki Attorney To Deliver 2001 Silha Lecture

Lee Levine, a prominent First Amendment attorney who successfully represented the media defendants in Bartnicki v. Vopper before the United States Supreme Court, will present the 2001 Silha Lecture on Tuesday, October 2, 2001, entitled, "Newsgathering on Trial: The Supreme Court and the Press in the 21st Century." The Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium on the West Bank of the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. A reception will follow in the atrium outside the auditorium.

Miami Reporter Agrees to Restraining Order

By Elaine Hargrove-Simon

Investigative reporter Jilda Unruh, who has been called the "Pitbull in Pumps" - a name she first earned as producer and host of "The Jilda Unruh Show" at KTUL-TV in Tulsa - has agreed to a restraining order preventing her and other WPLG-Channel 10 (Miami) reporters from interviewing a prominent Florida lobbyist.

Russian Media Wrestles With Democratization Process

By Elaine Hargrove-Simon

As the former Soviet Union continues its struggle with democratization, it is becoming apparent that the struggle is difficult for the independent Russian media as well.

Access to McVeigh Execution Prompts Ethical, Legal Debate

By Jack Breslin

In the media frenzy over convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's last appeals, postponed execution and final hours, one widely-debated aspect of his demise - not unlike those misplaced FBI files - seemed to be lost. Should the government be allowed to control access to one of the most controversial proceedings in our democracy?

New Florida Law Closes Door on Autopsy Photos

By Elaine Hargrove-Simon

On February 18, 2001, while driving the last lap of the Daytona 500, NASCAR racecar driver Dale Earnhardt was killed when his car hit a wall. The week before his death, the Orlando Sentinel had been running a series of articles concerning NASCAR safety. As a part of that series, the Sentinel stated that three earlier NASCAR deaths could have been prevented if the drivers had worn head restraint devices known as HANS. When Dale Earnhardt's death followed on the heels of the Sentinel's series, the newspaper hired a medical expert to examine Earnhardt's autopsy photos to determine if wearing the HANS device might have saved the racecar driver's life.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Historic Bartnicki Case

By Elaine Hargrove-Simon

In the most anticipated media law decision in nearly ten years, the Supreme Court ruled on May 21, 2001 that a news organization cannot be punished for disseminating the truthful contents of an illegally recorded telephone conversation as long as the information is in the public interest and the news organization did not participate in the interception.



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