Category Archives: Judicial records

Sandusky judge allows journalists to tweet, post, text from courtroom. But there’s a ‘but’

You’ll be able to get live updates from journalists covering the Jerry Sandusky trial, based on the judge’s order issued today. But you won’t be getting direct quotes from witnesses while testimony is taking place. Judge John M. Cleland ruled … Continue reading

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Re Pennsylvania Superior Court: Tell me if this sounds like good customer service

Sometime after 3 p.m. today our court reporter, Rick Lee, tweeted that the state Superior Court had denied Zachary Witman a new trial. Rick had to duck back into a trial he was covering, so in the office, we started … Continue reading

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42 U.S. senators back Snyder against Westboro Baptist Church

Spring Garden Township resident Albert Snyder got support from U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and 40 of their colleagues in his fight against the Rev. Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church. The 42 senators filed an amicus brief today … Continue reading

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NJ Supreme Court backs public records in overturning libel ruling

This is notable, particularly for the judges’ comments on use of public records: New Jersey Supreme Court overturns The Record libel ruling The state Supreme Court, citing the right of citizens to public information, ruled Tuesday that the media are … Continue reading

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Story behind the story: Listen to Harve Johnson’s statement in Darisabel Baez case

When YDR staffer Jason Plotkin began work on a [documentary ](http://www.ydr.com/ci_14822816)about murdered toddler Darisabel Baez and the hold she still had on the first responders, he knew he wanted access to the evidence in the case. Evidence that has been … Continue reading

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Dry court document? Not this one

Sometimes court filings are boring. But not Steve Stetler’s in the bonusgate case. The former state representative and state revenue secretary wants a judge to dismiss theft and other charges he’s facing — and not only that, he wants Attorney … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds public access to jury selection

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that jury selection in criminal trials is open to the public, and ifthere’s a problem — such as a too-small courtroom — judges have to consider alternatives other than closing the courtroom, according to … Continue reading

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Video, blogs lose in Fla., Calif. court access cases

Thanks to Kim de Bourbon of the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition for passing this on.  The Daily Online Examiner reported on separate cases in which judicial decisions barred video from a California case (the case was going to be … Continue reading

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Federal court gets arguments on releasing Whitaker-Springettsbury police video

Lawyers for Springettsbury Township policeand a former officer there say that if the public sees a security video showing the officer shooting and killing Ronald Whitaker Jr., it would hurt the officer’s chance for a fair trial and would harm … Continue reading

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Video of police fatal shooting: Will you be able to see it?

When then-Springettsbury Police officer Gary Utter shot and killed Ronald Whitaker Jr. more than two years ago, a security camera was running. Springettsbury and Utter say that video proves the shooting was justified; Whitaker’s family, which has sued the department … Continue reading

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