This morning, I was a guest on The Exchange, a New Hampshire Public Radio talk show. Up for discussion was the contemporary legal landscape as the First Amendment and shield laws meet the internet age.
The Granite State has been hosting one such clash, as CJR noted in April, after a mortgage company based there sued a blogger to determine who leaked an internal memo to his site. (In a bit of a surprise, the lawyer who argued for the blogger before the state’s supreme court earlier this month called in to explain their case.)
Sheldon Toplitt, a lawyer and media law instructor at Boston University who keeps the entertainingly named The Unruly of Law blog, was also a guest, and he did a great job describing many recent and oft-contradictory state court rulings grappling with how to apply old law to new media.
You can stream the proceedings over at the NHPR website.Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.