CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1987 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, ruling that the state Constitution protects journalists from being cited for contempt, overturned charges Wednesday against a Los Angeles Times reporter and an intern photographer. Judge Aurelio Munoz dismissed contempt citations against reporter Roxana Kopetman and photographer Roberto Santiago Bertero, who had refused to testify in a criminal case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1988 |
The California Shield Law does not protect news reporters if they are compelled to testify about their observation of public events, a state Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Thursday.
October 28, 1988 |
The state Supreme Court, in a pivotal test of the "newsman's shield law," agreed Thursday to decide whether journalists can be forced to disclose unpublished information they acquire covering an event that occurs in public. The justices, in brief orders, announced they would hear two cases that could determine the scope of protections for reporters that were enacted into the state Constitution by the voters in 1980.
February 7, 1990 |
In a case presenting a sharp conflict of competing rights, the state Supreme Court heard a robust debate Tuesday over whether reporters may be forced to testify about events they witness but do not include in news stories. The justices peppered the opposing sides with questions in a dispute that could resolve major questions about the extent of protections under the reporter's "shield law"--and how they must be balanced with the rights of the prosecution and defense to witnesses' testimony.
May 4, 1990 |
The state Supreme Court held unanimously Thursday that news reporters may be required to testify in criminal cases when a defendant's right to a fair trial is at stake. The high court, ruling in a widely watched test of the California news media shield law, sought to strike a balance between competing constitutional rights. Both sides in the case claimed qualified victory.
November 5, 1989
EDITORS: Jim Bornemeier, Bob Magnuson ART DIRECTOR: Patricia Mitchell REPORTERS: Penelope McMillan, Lee Dye, Frank Clifford, Virginia Ellis, Scott Harris, Edmund Newton, John Chandler, Kenneth Reich, Leslie Berger, Bettina Boxall, John Chandler, Irene Chang, Stephen C.