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Feb 15, 2017

Fake news is a real dilemma for the law

My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association:

Jan 30, 2017

Writing and Speaking on Social Media and Courts

I discuss different aspects of social media and the courts in a new article and at an upcoming conference.

Jan 25, 2017

Times Tech Reporter's Court Tweeting Tale

New York Times technology reporter Mike Issac has written a "Times Insider" article (sub. req'd) on his experience covering the testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a patent infringement case in a Texas federal court.

While Issac had obtained permission to use his electronic devices in the courtroom from the presiding judge, he was asked to stopping tweeting after court personnel apparently discovered that his tweets were getting widespread attention, including repetition by other media.

Jan 18, 2017

What Trump can do to thwart the press

My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association discusses actions that Donald Trump and his administration can take unilaterally – without assent from any other branch of government – against the press, or at least the news media’s ability to collect and disseminate information.

Jan 10, 2017

Michigan Case Doesn't Show the Way on Device Bans

Michigan Live reports that a Michigan man has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a policy banning cell phones from courthouses in Saginaw County, Michigan. While I am sympathetic with the plaintiff's case here, it is extremely unlikely that the Supreme Court will take the case. And even if it did, the Court would likely not rule for the plaintiff because of the technicalities of this particular case.

Dec 21, 2016

The Dylann Roof Case, Open and Shut

My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association:

In November, as the prosecution of Dylann Roof for the Emanuel AME Church massacre edged closer to trial, federal judge Richard Gergel decided to grant a defense request that the public and the press be barred from a hearing into Roof’s competency to stand trial, and to represent himself in the case.

Dec 6, 2016

Nov 16, 2016

Oct 31, 2016

Indonesia, Too, Drops Down the Memory Hole

First Belguim, then Italy, now Indonesia. Another country has warped the "right be be forgotten" -- the misguided notion that embarrassing material can be effectively hidden online by removing links from search results -- to justify Orwellian censorship and rewriting of the past.