Go to the U of M home page.

Home > News & Events > More Faculty News

Faculty News

for May, 2008

Kirtley Comments on Bizarre Sex Case

May 31, 2008

Professor Jane Kirtley said it was a "pretty bizarre chapter in a bizarre case." She was referring to the child porn trial of R&B superstar R. Kelly, and the fact that Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis (who broke the story when he passed along a tape of Kelly having sex with his "goddaughter") has been ordered to testify for the defense about how he received the tape and what he did with it before turning it over to the police. Kirtley added, "The message that this sends journalists who cover these sorts of stories is that they do so at their own risk."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Kirtley comments on Washington Times subpoena

May 30, 2008

Prof. Jane Kirtley was quoted in the New York Sun in a story concering the subpoena of Washington Times reporter William Gertz, who has been asked to identify sources for a news story he wrote about the prosecution of a Chinese spy ring based in southern California. Kirtley noted that the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has not been receptive to journalists claiming a constitutional privilege in recent cases, and predicted "If Gertz is ordered to testify, he resists, and is held in contempt, then it's a repeat of the same scenario we've been dealing with."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Professor Kirtley Speaks at Sports Lawyers Annual Conference

May 15, 2008

Prof. Jane Kirtley appeared on a panel, "Legal Ethical Issues Created by Today's 24/7 Sports Media World," at the Sports Lawyers Association 2008 annual conference in San Francisco. Other panelists included Lester Munson of ESPN and L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated.

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Kirtley Criticizes Restrictions on Media Access

May 14, 2008

Prof. Jane Kirtley criticized decisions to exclude media representatives, including bloggers, and their recording equipment from local endorsing conventions in a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Whoever's making these decisions is really out of touch. If the political parties want to be relevant to young people, they have to stop acting like an old boys' club of 1870," she said. Although she acknowledged that "politicians are wary of recording devices, the answer isn't kicking everyone out."

Read Jane Kirtley's Faculty Profile

Cox on National Public Radio and Other Media

May 7, 2008

Prentiss Cox was quoted on National Public Radio's All Things Considered in a story about legislation passed this week by the Minnesota Senate that would defer foreclosure for targeted homeowners. Professor Cox substantially drafted the bill and testified on its behalf before the Minnesota Legislature. The bill authors are Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) and Senator Ellen Anderson (DFL-St. Paul).

Professor Cox has also appeared in recent stories about foreclosure rates, mortgage interest rate resets, and related matters in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio.

During April 2008, an extensive interview of Professor Cox appeared in the on-line publications Minnesota Monitor and TC Daily Planet.

Read Prentiss Cox's Faculty Profile