Media giant Rupert Murdoch and his now defunct British tabloid, News of the World, are under fire over reports that journalists allegedly hacked into individuals’ phones and allegedly took part in police bribery in a quest to get inside information. Hear Mike Koehler, Assistant Professor of Business Law at Butler University and Jane E. Kirtley, the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, talk with Lawyer2Lawyer co-host, Bob Ambrogi, about the legal issues including charges, privacy rights, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the scandal’s impact on journalism and the fate of the Murdoch news empire.
The technology and legal world was abuzz over an incident involving a prototype of the iPhone 4G. An Apple engineer allegedly left behind the iPhone, which eventually ended up in the hands of Gizmodo.com, a technology weblog. After pictures surfaced on the Gizmodo site, a search of a Gizmodo editor’s home and computer was issued. Attorneys and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome Sam Bayard, the Assistant Director of the Citizen Media Law Project and Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law, to discuss the legal issues behind this complex debacle. They look at the shield law, the validity of the search warrant and the legal battle that could possibly lie ahead.