Oberlin College subpoenas local newspaper editor in defamation suit

November 30, 2018
On May 30, 2018, attorneys for Oberlin College in Ohio subpoenaed local newspaper editor Jason Hawk to testify about his confidential sources.Hawk, the editor of the Oberlin News Tribune, had reported in November 2016 on protests outside of Gibson’s Bakery, a local bakery that Oberlin College administrators and students accused of racial discrimination. In November 2017, the bakery sued Oberlin College in state court for defamation.As part of the defamation suit, Oberlin’s attorneys subpoenaed Gibson’s Bakery for records of its …

Chicago Sun-Times subpoenaed in Laquan McDonald murder case

February 9, 2018
Attorneys representing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke subpoenaed the Chicago Sun-Times and two other Chicago-area papers on January 29, 2018, ordering the papers to produce copies of all stories about Van Dyke’s fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014.Van Dyke has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager. His trial is scheduled to begin later this year.On February 1, the Sun-Times reported that Van Dyke’s attorney had subpoenaed the …
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