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ACLU demands answers on censored Women’s March photo

Jan. 22, 2020 9:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding answers from the National Archives in the wake of a scandal over politically motivated edits to a photo of the 2017 Women's March. The rights group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday demanding all correspondence relating...

Nonprofit funds lawyers to defend news media in 5 states

Jan. 21, 2020 3:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit press freedom group announced on Tuesday that it would provide pro bono legal services in five states to help local news organizations defend their right to gather and report the news. The Local Legal Initiative of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will...

File-This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo shows Jenna Garland appearing in court in Atlanta. The ex-aide of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has requested a new trial to appeal her conviction for violating the state's open records laws.  Garland previously served as press secretary under Reed. She was convicted in December on two misdemeanor counts after she directed a subordinate to “drag out” a records request that a local TV station had made. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP,File)

Aide of former Atlanta mayor wants new trial in records case

Jan. 17, 2020 5:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An ex-aide of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has requested a new trial to appeal her conviction for violating the state's open records laws. Jenna Garland previously served as press secretary under Reed. She was convicted in December on two misdemeanor counts after she directed a...

St. Louis prosecutor accused of Sunshine Law violation

Jan. 14, 2020 5:25 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Fox News contributor accuses St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of violating Missouri's open records law. KMOV-TV reported that John Solomon's lawsuit filed Friday alleges that Gardner's office failed to respond to records requests that he made in July. Solomon...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, the first and largest piece of the remnants of a Confederate statue known as

UNC newspaper sues over deal to remove Confederate statue

Jan. 8, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina Board of Governors violated the state's open meetings laws by secretly negotiating and approving a deal to dispose of a Confederate monument from the campus of the system's flagship school, according to a lawsuit filed by a student newspaper. DTH...

Reed aide guilty in records case

Dec. 19, 2019 6:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia jury Thursday found a former aide to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed guilty of violating the state's open records laws. The Fulton County jury said Jenna Garland, who served as press secretary under Reed, committed two misdemeanors by ordering a subordinate to delay release of...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, state representatives listen to speakers on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as lawmakers continued to work through the final month of the regular session of the Legislature. The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Dec. 19  that the Public Records Act fully applies to state lawmakers after hearing oral arguments in June on the appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press, which was seeking sexual harassment reports, calendar entries and other documents from legislators. The justices found for the media coalition in a 7 to 2 decision. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Court: Washington state lawmakers subject to records act

Dec. 19, 2019 1:51 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state lawmakers are subject to the same public disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials and agencies. In a 7-2 ruling, justices rejected lawmakers' assertion that they are not required to turn over daily schedules, emails,...