May 25, 2010

Wyoming judge embraces prior restraint*

From the AP:
In a rare move, a Wyoming judge has blocked two newspapers from publishing stories on an internal report about a college president's trip to Costa Rica, saying the report was improperly taken and that releasing details could prompt the federal government to cut college grant money.
Said the college newspapers' attorney:
"If we're going to argue that the Pentagon Papers should be allowed to be published, then I'm unclear how a document of this nature — which basically is a report about a president's performance at a community college in Wyoming — is even sensible."
(found via Romenesko)

*Updated, 5/26: The judge has realized the error of his ways and reversed the order.

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