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Archive of posts tagged Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

I attended the spirited hearing at the State House on the proposed Massachusetts shield bill, before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The bill is titled the “Free Flow of Information Act,” H.1553, described as “An Act providing against compelled disclosure of certain information by the news media.”

Mass. SJC sides with embalmer in free speech case

By Laura Crimaldi, director, New England First Amendment Coalition The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently sided with an embalmer who lost his license after crude comments he made about handling remains were published in The Boston Phoenix. Troy Schoeller certainly didn’t spare anyone the gritty details of his life’s work when speaking to the Phoenix […]

Mass. proposal to improve media’s access to courts

By Val Wang, producer for Order in the Court project, WBUR, Boston Last week marked a big change in the way citizen journalists can cover the courts in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced a major proposal to update the state’s “Cameras in the Courtroom” statute, SJC Rule 1:19, to fit modern-day journalistic and technological realities.