An Oregon court says no.
Crystal Cox, a self-described “investigative” blogger, was sued for defamation by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group after she posted numerous negative comments about the company and its co-founder, Kevin Padrick. Cox argued that calling Padrick a “thug” and a “liar” on her blog was protected under Oregon’s shield law – which allows journalists to keep their sources secret – because she obtained the information from a confidential source.
Posted: 12/15/2011 11:01:47 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments
How many times have we heard complaints about “celebrity justice,” where the nation’s rich and famous get away with things for which ordinary folks would ultimately be punished? Sure, celebrities probably do fare better in the legal system – primarily from their ability to sustain large legal bills – but lawyers can’t fix everything.
Posted: 12/6/2011 12:00:00 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments
Kudos to the New York Times for highlighting a serious problem that gets too little attention. Because of recession-era budget cuts at all levels of government, the judicial system is facing an unprecedented funding crisis. According to the Times, in the last three years, 42 states have reduced their judicial budgets, 34 states have laid off court employees, 39 are no longer filling clerk vacancies and 23 have reduced court operating hours.
Posted: 12/5/2011 8:59:49 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments