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NEFAC, R.I. Open Government Advocates Submit Brief in Support of 38 Studios Records Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and several other Rhode Island open government advocates submitted an amicus brief today arguing for the release of grand jury records in the 38 Studios proceedings. “There is an overwhelming public interest in disclosure of the 38 Studios grand […]

NEFAC to Discuss First Amendment, Press Freedom at The Millicent Library in Fairhaven

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a panel discussion on freedom of speech and the press on May 23 at Millicent Library, 45 Center St., Fairhaven, Mass. The discussion, titled “The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Right to Read,” will be […]

NEFAC, ACLU and Media Groups Challenge R.I. Order to Ban Juror Contact, Withhold Jury List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and several press advocates submitted an amicus brief in Rhode Island Superior Court today contesting recent orders to keep secret a juror list and to bar contact with the jurors in a completed, high-profile murder case. The brief — […]

N.H. Probate Judge Unseals Documents in Carman Case After NEFAC Argues for Disclosure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org After considering arguments made by the New England First Amendment Coalition, a New Hampshire court last week unsealed judicial records in a case involving Nathan Carman, a Vermont resident being investigated for the murder of his wealthy grandfather and the disappearance of his mother. Family […]

Rhode Island Judge’s Order to Ban Post-Trial Juror Contact Overbroad, Poses ‘Grave Concerns’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition has expressed “grave concerns” about a Rhode Island judge’s recent order permanently banning reporters from speaking to jurors after a high-profile murder trial, calling the judge’s order overbroad and unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel concluded a three-week […]

We Have a Plan. And You Can Help.

Dear Friend of NEFAC, If you care about democracy, stop what you’re doing for just a moment and take this quiz: What five freedoms are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? No using Google. You have 10 seconds… 9 … 8 … 7 … How did you do? If you were able […]

NEFAC Helps Fight for Immediate Access to Civil Court Documents in Seventh Circuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called for the immediate release of civil court documents, arguing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that access to such documents is of “substantial public interest.” NEFAC joined 40 media organizations and press advocates […]

NEFAC Testifies in Support of Vermont FOI Legislation, Calls for Additional Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition supports a legislative effort to clarify the responsibilities of public officials under Vermont’s freedom of information laws but cautions that additional changes are still needed. Vermont House Bill 910 would add definitions to the state’s open meetings law that […]

NEFAC Fights Against Secrecy in Nathan Carman Probate Case, Demands Release of Documents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is fighting an effort to keep secret judicial records in a case involving Nathan Carman, a Vermont resident being investigated for the murder of his wealthy grandfather and the disappearance of his mother. Family members are suing Carman in […]

NEFAC Argues Against Sealing of Court Records in Harvard College Admissions, Civil Rights Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently argued against the sealing of summary judgment filings in a federal court case involving the admissions practices of Harvard College. In Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, a group of Asian-American applicants to […]