October 13th, 2005 • Quill Archives
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the First Amendment doesn’t protect reporters from testifying before criminal grand juries, Justice Byron White wrote that recognizing such a privilege would create “practical and conceptual difficulties of a high order.” Even though the court noted in Branzburg v.
August 31st, 2005 • Quill Archives
A trip through the FOI process: federal prisons
To test the effectiveness of freedom of information laws, Pulliam/Kilgore interns Katie O’Keefe and Laura Merritt, who were novices in the field of obtaining public records, conducted a mini-FOI audit. They attempted to get information from federal and state prisons of similar security level or size.