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November 2011

Remember Terry Mutchler?

I just saw Illinois' former Public Access Counselor (and friend to INBA) on CNN, talking about the Penn State sex abuse case. Mutchler is now Executive Director of the Pennsylvania  Office of Open Records. It's good to see that Terry is doing well. She's a nice lady, and a strong advocate for open government.

Judge denies state's attorney's demand for reporter notes

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge says reporters don't have to submit to subpoenas demanding they turn over notes from jailhouse interviews with a suspect in the 1957 murder of an Illinois girl.

The DeKalb County judge granted a motion to quash the subpoenas at a hearing yesterday in Jack McCullough's case.

Reporters from the Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press interviewed McCullough while he was in custody in Seattle and before his extradition to face charges in the murder of the 7-year-old Sycamore girl, Maria Ridulph (RIHD'-uhlf).

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell argued the notes could contain vital details about McCullough's alibi.

Media attorney Samuel Fifer says he's gratified Judge Robbin Stuckert agreed prosecutors hadn't met a heavy burden to justify their demand.

Campbell's office didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.