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Jan 16, 2019

The government doesn’t dictate media here

My January column for the South Carolina Press Association:


Dec 19, 2018

Eric Robinson joins Fenno Law Firm as Of Counsel

Eric Robinson, an assistant professor who teaches media law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, has joined Fenno Law as Of Counsel.

Dec 17, 2018

Can public officials shut out journalists? It depends...

My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association:
It already seems like a long time ago, but it’s only been a month since the Trump administration’s long-simmering clash with CNN reached a new level, with the cancelation of reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” that gave him access to the White House. The pass was restored temporarily on the orders of a federal judge when CNN sued over the action, and then permanently when the White House press office deescalated the confrontation.
But it’s important to not let this incident go without examining the legal issues involved, since there’s the possibility that it may happen again, either at the White House or in county offices and city halls: perhaps even in the ones you cover, with reporters—perhaps you—being stopped from doing your job.

Nov 14, 2018

Freelancing FOIA

My November column for the South Carolina Press Association:

Nov 13, 2018

Supreme Court Limits Government Access to Cell Phone Tracking Data

My latest post on the Specialty Technical Publishers "Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog." STP publishes Internet Law: The Complete Guide, of which I am the lead contributor and editorial reviewer.

Nov 5, 2018

Before You Take That Ballot Selfie, Know the Law

In 2016 the Associated Press compiled a summary of laws in every state on whether it is legal to take a selfie while voting.

Be sure to check it out before you take our your phone at the polling booth tomorrow:

https://www.apnews.com/04c313da0672422ba28bb57c4e4a7ca0

(Note that laws may have changed. And this isn't legal advice.)

Sep 20, 2018

Frustrating FOIA

My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association:

Through South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, diligent journalists and others have discovered much revealing information about the actions of state and local government in our state. Things recently revealed through FOIA requests have included Anderson County’s failure to distribute donated bleeding-control trauma kits to schools until two years after the 2016 Townville shooting; questionable spending by Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson; documents relating to the V.C. Summer nuclear plant debacle; enforcement of Myrtle Beach’s disorderly conduct offense; and a $225,000 guarantee that Coastal Carolina will pay Norfolk State for a 2019 game.
But many government officials and agencies in South Carolina resist or frustrate FOIA requests.