Jun 22, 2015

Supreme Court's Camera Pananoia Snares Intern

Politico reports that there has been another instance of an unauthorized camera in the Supreme Court: this time, by a CNN intern in the court's press room.

Jun 11, 2015

Tweeting Penalty Has Bad Character

An Arkansas judge has found the managing editor of a television station in contempt for tweeting the verdict in a murder case, despite explicit instructions from the judge not to do so. But the "punishment" imposed by the judge may create new problems.

May 28, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust: Minnesota's Criminal Libel Law Struck Down

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has held that the state's criminal libel law (Minn. Stat. section 609.765), which allows for punishment of up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $3,000 for statements "which expose[] a person or a group, class or association to hatred, contempt, ridicule, degradation or disgrace in society, or injury to business or occupation,"is unconstitutionally overbroad. Minnesota v. Turner, No. A14-1408 (Minn. App. May 26, 2015).

May 22, 2015

My Latest Publications

I've been a bit remiss in updating this blog, while I worked through the end of the spring semester at LSU.

But earlier this month, my latest work was published, in The SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law (available through the publisher, and even through and

Apr 6, 2015

Another Supreme Court Video Surfaces, Showing Folly of Camera Ban

For the third time in about 14 months, activists have released a video of them interrupting proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mar 24, 2015

A Little Sprucing Up

This blog is almost six years old now, and I thought it could use a facelift. So there's a new design, which still retains some of the old elements.


Feb 27, 2015

Love is No Brando, So Pinterest Libel Suit Proceeds

Courtney Love is no Marlon Brando, a California appeals court has ruled, so a lawsuit against her over postings on Pintrist and comments on the Howard Stern Show can proceed.

Feb 9, 2015

New SCOTUS Press Pass Policy: More of the Same

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its first formal guidelines for issuance of press passes, after its unwritten policies were questioned because of its refusal to issue a credential to SCOTUSBlog. But the new rules are not likely not help the website.