Freedom of the Press and Criminal Solicitation

I’ve not seen a more incisive explanation of the legal issues arising out of the Department of Justice’s investigation of reporter James Rosen. Geoffrey Stone’s is a must-read for the basics.

Principal Park, Des Moines Iowa, courtesy of Google Maps.

Principal Park, Des Moines Iowa, courtesy of Google Maps.

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Reporters Interviewing Children In Connecticut School Shooting Adds Little News Value, Experts Say

I saw lots of “dear media: stop interviewing the children!” pleas on various social media yesterday following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I did not see a lot of clear explanations forwhy not(it’s social media, after all). Don’t we need every available piece of information in the immediate aftermath of such an incident? Can there benovalue in carefully asking the children what they saw? 

This Michael Calderone piece is a lucid discussion.

The upshot: interviews with the traumatized young witnesses could have a value that outweighs a knee-jerk reaction to leave them be, especially in the early going. But there are lots of good reasons why their descriptions may not be accurate or useful, in addition to adding to their trauma.

People use the phrase ‘the fog of war,’ but this is a case that seems to be the fog of law.

Eugene Fidell military law researcher/lecturer, Yale University

Manning Plea Offer Another Odd Piece of an Odd Case | NPR

I don’t know if this dissertation is any good, but if I could choose to make any impact at all, I’d like to see more legal scholars use the term “foggy doctrine” once it’s published. Foggy doctrine.

A conversation with my mom about newspapers’ candidate endorsements

This is so one-sided it can hardly be considered a “conversation,” but I thought it was worth posting since it might provoke some discussion.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, The Des Moines Register announced it was endorsing Mitt Romney for president. This surprised a lot of folks, and outraged some, in part because the Register hadn’t endorsed a Republican in 40 years or so.

I grew up in Iowa and recently moved back. My folks still live here. It is, as you probably know, a swing state.

The following conversation, had via text message right before the start of the baseball game Sunday night, has been edited a little for clarity purposes (spelling):

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Granite City school suspends multiple students over Twitter comments

This is a really good case study on a growing problem in schools across the country.

Sooner or later, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to have to elaborate on its declaration that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

usnatarchives:

This confidential cable to RFK from the State Department is just one of almost 3,000 pages of records released to the public this week. 

Seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, are now online. These digitized documents are mostly related to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
What are you doing to celebrate Day of Digital of Archives?

usnatarchives:

This confidential cable to RFK from the State Department is just one of almost 3,000 pages of records released to the public this week. 

Seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, are now online. These digitized documents are mostly related to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

What are you doing to celebrate Day of Digital of Archives?

(via todaysdocument)

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