Nov 30, 2015

Sullivan's Lawyer in Times Case Dies

The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser reports that Merton "Rod" Roland Nachman, the attorney who represented Montgomery city commissioner Lester B. Sullivan in the landmark case against The New York Times, has died at age 91.

Nov 13, 2015

Court isn’t crazy about Prince challenge to dancing baby

The Gateway Journalism Review has published my article on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' recent decision in a case involving a YouTube video of a baby dancing to Prince's song "Let Go Crazy." The article is available here.

Oct 12, 2015

Pot, Meet Kettle? Supreme Court Criticizes Judicial Internet Research

It has been shown both empirically and anecdotally that the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have conducted their own internet research in order to decide cases. But now that Court has criticized a Maryland appeals court for doing the same thing.

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.