Jun 16, 2016
I am finishing up the professional portion of my travels in Japan and Korea, during which I have spoken on media law issues from a United States perspective at the International Communications Association annual conference in Fukuoka, Japan; at the Chung-Ang Law School in Seoul, Korea; and at a forum sponsored by the Korean Press Arbitration Commission.
May 19, 2016
May 12, 2016
A bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation statute after it was held unconstitutional 15 years ago is awaiting action by Governor Robert J. Bentley after passing the state legislature last week.
Apr 27, 2016
As reported by the Decatur Daily, a bill to revive Alabama's criminal defamation law has passed the state Senate after it was amended to clarify that criminal libel could not be used against statements regarding elected officials or candidates for elected office.
Apr 25, 2016
I've been quoted by the Associated Press in a story about a bill pending in California that would allows judges to fine jurors who use social media or the internet improperly during trials. And 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain pulled my quote from the AP for his daily news update (halfway down the page).
Apr 22, 2016
I am pleased to announce that in the fall I will be joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where I will be teaching media law.
Apr 18, 2016
Two bills (HB529 and SB404) prefiled in the Alabama legislature before the start of its current regular session would revive the state's criminal defamation statute, 15 years after the Alabama Supreme Court held that law unconstitutional.
Apr 14, 2016
Passage of a new General Data Protection Regulation by the Parliament of the European Union means that "the right to be forgotten," created in a 2014 decision by the European Court of Justice, is now a permanent part of EU law. And the new regulation includes specific language to apply to any website in the world that includes or handles data from EU residents, including those based in the United States.
Apr 8, 2016
In 2012 I wrote about state courthouses in Cook County, Illinois (metro Chicago) selectively banning cell phones from their facilities. Now the court administrators have made a bad situation worse by removing the lockers that allowed court visitors to store their phones while in the building.