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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.

New Supreme Court Ruling Will Be Taxing to E-Commerce

The old maxim states that the only two things that cannot be avoided in life are death and taxes. While there still does not seem to be any way to escape our ultimate fate, until recently there was one way to legally avoid certain taxes.

Read the rest of my post to the Specialty Technical Publishers Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Aug 15, 2018

Rhetoric aside, libel and media law haven't changed that much

My August column for the South Carolina Press Association:
In an initiative fostered by the Boston Globe, newspapers and other news organizations are publishing editorials this week—primarily this Thursday, Aug. 16—denouncing President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media, including his assertion that the media are “the enemy of the people.”

Jun 20, 2018

Source secrecy in the modern era

My June column for the South Carolina Press Association:

The Justice Department’s accessing of reporter Ali Watkins’s email and phone records as part of a leak investigation is just one of several recent incidents in which the federal government has obtained the digital and other information about journalists’ activities in order to identify confidential sources.