Category Archives: Tips & Sample Letters

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HIPAA Guide from the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)

The M edia Law Resource Center www.medialaw.org , has created a guide to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that is making it less difficult for information seekers to get hospital information. Click on HIPAA Guide.

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Hospital information (HIPAA – an article from The Oregonian)

By Andy Dworkin Staff Writer/The Oregonian I can not confirm Whether that man lives or dies If you have no name – A HIPAA Haiku, by Andy Dworkin A new federal law called HIPAA (for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is making life difficult for reporters who have to call a hospital, doctor, nurse, [...]

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HIPAA Tips & FAQ (thanks to Therese Bottomly)

A new federal law called Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is making life hard for anyone, except close family members who must call hospitals, doctors, nurses, paramedics or other health workers to get information about patients. The law limits the information that any health worker who electronically transmits information (basically all health workers) [...]

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Cameras in courts rule — UTCR3.180

Uniform Trial Court Rule 3.180 (Cameras in courts) Click on UTCR3-180 to get full rule on “public access coverage” that means cameras in courtrooms.

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Media Law Research Center’s survey on newsroom subpoenas

Request for information on subpoenas Hello, all – I am Kurt Wimmer, a media lawyer who often represents NPPA on First Amendment matters, and I have a favor to ask of all of you. The top media law organization in the country, the Media Law Resource Center www.medialaw.org , is compiling a study of efforts [...]

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Sample request letter to unseal a search warrant and affidavits

Sample letter to a judge requesting that a search warrant, return on the warrant and the affidavits be unsealed. This courtesy of Therese Bottomly, managing editor/news, of The Oregonian The Hon. Julie Frantz Multnomah County Courthouse 1021 S.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 312 Portland, OR 97204 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR [...]

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Sample request letter to open an arrest warrant and affidavits

Sample letter seeking to unseal an arrest warrant and affidavits supporting arrest warrant THERESE BOTTOMLY MANAGING EDITOR/NEWS Nov. 5, 2003 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR THE COUNTY OF MULTNOMAH STATE OF OREGON, Plaintiff, v. Dean White; Luis Miguel Valenzuela; Adrian Filberto Gutierrez; Terrelle Lashaun Tucker; Jesus Ramon Gastelum; and Abraham [...]

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Sample letter to request camera coverage in court

Sample letter requesting public access (camera) coverage of sensitive trial The Hon. Kimberly Frankel Multnomah County Courthouse 1021 S.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 600 Portland, OR 97204 RE: STATE OF OREGON V. LADON STEPHENS Dear Judge Frankel: Please consider this The Oregonian’s request for public access coverage and to be the still-photography pool for such coverage. [...]

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Sample court memo on media coverage of high profile case (State v. Kip Kinkel)

Here is a sample set of media guidelines for a high-profile criminal case where a judge expects a crush of reporters and cameras. STATE OF OREGON CIRCUIT COURT 125 East 8th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401 MEMORANDUM To: All interested media From: Kip Leonard, Presiding Lane County Circuit Judge September 14, 1999 Re: St. v. Kinkel [...]

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Brief summary and citation on access to juvenile courts

In 1980, the Oregon Supreme Court held that a statute that excluded the press from a juvenile proceeding violated the Oregon Constitution, Art. I, § 10, which states that “no court shall be secret, but justice shall be administered, openly and without purchase, completely and without delay.” However, the state supreme court went on to [...]

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