Sep 16, 2015

Another Criminal Libel Law Falls

The Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy blog reports that a Montana trial court has held that state's criminal libel law unconstitutional. This leaves only a dozen states with such statutes, even though their constitutionality is suspect.

Aug 26, 2015

Appellate Judges Argue Over Online Research

Along with ongoing issues regarding jurors researching cases online, a related question has been how appropriate it is for judges to do the same.

Online research by U.S. Supreme Court justices has been shown empirically and anecdotally, and there have been instances of lower court judges doing online research. Now, the judges of a federal circuit court have entered the controversy.

Aug 14, 2015

Aug 12, 2015

Third Circuit May Join Video Party

According to Howard J. Bashman, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Philadelphia and hears appeals from federal cases in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands, is working on putting video of all of its oral arguments on YouTube.

Jul 27, 2015

The Experiment Ends: With What Result?

The federal courts have announced the end of the four-year experiment in which selected federal cases were recorded with video cameras and the videos posted online. The next step, according to the Judicial Conference, will be the creation of a camera policy for all federal courts, possibly at a meeting in March.

Jul 15, 2015

Judge Quits Blogging, Again; But It Still Can Be Done

Federal district court judge Richard G. Kopf has announced that he will stop writing his blog after being criticized for a controversial post: the second time that he was made such an announcement.

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).