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SPLC joins brief urging reversal of 5th Circuit’s ‘Bizzaro World’ ruling; decision threatens open meetings laws across the country

(09/04/09 6:34pm)

It is heartening when local elected officials exhibit such fervor for the sanctity of the First Amendment that they are willing to go to court to defend it – except where the “freedom” they are asserting is the freedom to exclude the public from deliberations over government business. The 16 judges on the Fifth Circuit U.S.


5th Circuit tosses 'Bizarro World' FOI ruling; state open meeting laws safe for now

(09/10/09 5:33pm)

Advocates for open government scored a big – and preemptive – win Thursday when a federal appeals court threw out a case arguing that laws requiring government officials to meet in public are a violation of the officials’ free-speech rights. In a one-sentence order issued Thursday, the Fifth Circuit U.S.