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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 […]

NEFAC Calls for First Amendment Protections in R.I. ‘Revenge Pornography’ Legislation

Update 4.4.18: NEFAC sent a similar letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on April 3 to address its versions of the legislation.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently called on Rhode Island legislators to protect press rights while combatting “revenge pornography,” saying a […]

NEFAC, SPJ Oppose Efforts By New Hampshire Prosecutors to Obtain Reporter’s Interview Notes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists strongly oppose an attempt by New Hampshire officials to force the disclosure of materials collected by a local journalist during a jailhouse interview last year. While reporting for Foster’s Daily Democrat – a publication owned by Seacoast Media Group […]

NEFAC Opposes Vermont Proposal to Extend Deadline for Posting Public Meeting Minutes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today opposed a Vermont bill that would weaken the state’s open meeting law and make it more difficult for residents to obtain timely information about their government. House Bill 700 would allow state agencies and municipalities more time to post public meeting minutes around […]