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Scholars & Scoundrels:  Media Access to Evidence in the Digital Age

The Council for Court Excellence will host a panel on Public Access to Electronic Evidence January 29, 2015 at the new NPR building in Washington, DC.

Online video footage can call into question both private sanctions and court decisions, as well as lead to broad public discussion of social issues. However, the persistence of information on the Internet and the inability to control what happens to that information raises many questions. While judges are required to allow the media access to digital evidence, what can or should the media do with it?  The panel includes judges, members of print, online and broadcast media, and defense and prosecuting attorneys, all responding to a hypothetical yet realistic case where the rights to privacy and a fair trial may clash with the public’s right to know and freedom of the press.

Panelists include:

D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon
Channel 9 News Director Bill Lord
Principal Asst. US Attorney for DC Vincent Cohen, Jr.
Washington Post crime reporter Peter Hermann
Criminal Defense Attorney Reid Weingarten
Deputy General Counsel for the Washington Post Jim McLaughlin
Magistrate Judge of the US District Court for DC (ret.) John Facciola
Huffington Post Sr. Politics Editor Sam Stein

The event, which is organized by the Council for Court Excellence, will be from 6 – 8:30 at 1111 N. Capital Street and is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required; go to https://scholars-scoundrels.eventbrite.com or email townsend@courtexcellence.org to register.  Download the flyer here.

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