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Unmasking a Judge’s Anonymity: Saffold v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co.

Mask

In a very interesting case, Saffold v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co., a state court judge (Shirley Strickland Saffold) is suing the Cleveland Plan Dealer for stating that comments posted on the newspaper’s website under the screen name “lawmiss” originated from a computer used by the judge and/or her daughter.  Some of these comments related to […]

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The SeaWorld Killer Whale Death Video and the Right to Privacy

Orca Sea World

Jessica Bennett at Newsweek brought my attention to a story about the family of the killer whale trainer (Dawn Brancheau) who was killed while training the whale at SeaWorld: Brancheau’s family announced this week that they would seek an injunction to protect the release of the death imagery, captured by SeaWorld’s surveillance cameras on Feb. […]

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Family Privacy Rights in Death-Scene Images of the Deceased

Death Scene Photos and Privacy

In Newsweek, Jessica Bennett tells the tragic story about a family being harassed by the spread of death-scene images of their daughter, who was killed in an automobile accident. The photos of Nikki Catsouras were particularly gruesome — Nikki was decapitated in the crash. According to the article, soon after the crash, photos taken by […]

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Rethinking Free Speech and Civil Liability

Free Speech and Civil Liability

When does civil liability for speech trigger First Amendment protections? Recently, Professor Neil Richards and I posted on SSRN our new article exploring this question: Rethinking Free Speech and Civil Liability, 109 Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2009). […]

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