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October 13th, 2005 • Quill Archives
Questionable procedure

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.