Communications and the Law

This publication provides articles in law topics, including first amendment and free speech expression.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, September

Litigation Publicity: Courtroom Drama or Headline News?
When the parents of one of the students killed in the April 20, 1999 shooting in Littleton, Colorado filed a $250 million lawsuit on May 27, 1999[1] against the parents of the two gunmen, once again courtroom drama shaped media headlines and vice versa....
Reasonable Inferences and Substantial Evidence: How the U.S. Supreme Court Side-Stepped the First Amendment in Upholding Content-Based Must-Carry Rules in Its Turner Decisions
In 1997, in Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission,(1) the U.S. Supreme Court ended a legal battle that had lasted for more than twenty years when it upheld the must-carry provisions of the 1992 Cable Act.(2) The Court...
The Future of Media Ride-Alongs
During the past few decades, peace officers commonly have invited the media to accompany them in the execution of the officers' duties.(1) This practice, called "media ride-alongs," led to several federal civil suits in the 1990s by plaintiffs claiming...