Group seeks tape from Fla. TV station

FLORIDA ' The state association that oversees attorneys is claiming that shield laws do not apply to students and that the University of Florida's student television station should be required to turn over the tape of an interview.

The Florida Bar wants the copy of a taped interview in which an attorney allegedly made a statement out of court about pending litigation, an apparent ethics violation.

Koala survives photo dispute

CALIFORNIA ' Editors at The Koala, an underground humor publication at the University of California at San Diego have escaped student disciplinary charges in June for their coverage of a meeting on campus.

The editors faced punishment that some say amounted to censorship.

Calif. judge voids damages

CALIFORNIA ' The $4.35 million in damages awarded to a former Palisades Charter High School teacher for a sexual harassment claim against the district were simply too high, a state superior court judge ruled June 7.

In a decision that recognizes student free-expression rights, Judge Kenneth Freeman threw out the verdict against the Los Angeles Unified School District that resulted from comments published in an underground newspaper distributed on campus.

Student cited with theft for taping Gore

WASHINGTON, D.C. ' A battle over intellectual property is brewing at American University after a student was charged with violating several disciplinary codes for videotaping an on-campus speech by Tipper Gore, wife of former presidential candidate Al Gore.

Ben Wetmore, then a junior at American, was charged with seven disciplinary code violations after he videotaped Gore's speech in April, then refused to hand the tape over to university officials.

Free-speech zones frustrate students

Free-speech zone policies have come under fire at two universities this spring, and national civil rights organizations including The Rutherford Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education are taking notice.

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\n The Rutherford Institute filed a complaint against West Virginia University in federal court on behalf of students at the school, claiming their First Amendment rights had been violated.