Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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Medical Malpractice Law—Defense Bradley A. Case, Dinsmôre & Shohl Charles (Mike) J. Cronan IV, Stites & Harbison Donald W. Darby, Darby & Gazak Douglass Farnsley, Stites & Harbison James P. Grohmann, O'Bryan, Brown & Toner W. Gregory King, Stoll Keenon Ogden Beth McMasters, McMasters Keith Susan D. Phillips, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett B. Todd Tompson, Tompson Miller & Simpson Gerald R. Toner, O'Bryan, Brown & Toner 63 Donald K. Brown, Jr., O'Bryan, Brown & Toner Medical Malpractice Law— Plaintiff David B. Gray, Goldberg Simpson Douglas H. Morris II, Morris & Player Ann B. Oldfather, Oldfather Law Firm Hans G. Poppe, Poppe Law Firm Tyler Smyth Tompson, Dolt, Tompson, Shepherd, Kinney & Wilt Mergers & Acquisitions Law 58 Scott W. Brinkman, Stoll Keenon Ogden Brian A. Cromer, Stites & Harbison Daniel E. Fisher, Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens Branzburg Hayes v . This landmark 1972 case involving a reporter for the Courier-Journal remains the only time the U.S. Supreme Court has considered the First Amendment concept of "reporters' privilege." And in a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that it doesn't exist — well, sort of. What led to the historic decision was the unwillingness of C-J reporter Paul Bran- zburg to identify his sources — including marijuana users and others holding hashish — in two stories about drug use in Kentucky. Subpoenaed by a grand jury and ordered to name his sources, Branzburg refused, citing reporters' privilege. Justice Byron White wrote the opinion for the majority, noting that to rule for the petitioners was "to grant newsmen a testimonial privilege that other citizens do not enjoy." Ironically, from this decision against reportorial privilege emerged ammo for lower courts to interpret that it does indeed exist. For one thing, concurring Justice Lewis F. Powell wrote in his notes that "there is a (reporters') privi- lege analogous to an evidentiary one, which courts should recognize and apply on case by case to protect confidential information," but that "we should not establish a constitu- tional privilege." In other words, Branzburg v. Hayes made the issue of a journalist's right to protect sources about as clear as mud. [76] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.12 Charles Edward Glasscock, Frost Brown Todd 57 Paul A. Casi II, Paul A. Casi II Law Office ÔLarry B. Franklin, Franklin Gray & White Robert A. Heath, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Tomas Wayne Ice, Jr., Middleton Reutlinger Franklin Keith Jelsma, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Patrick W. Mattingly, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Patrick Reilly Northam, Bingham Greene- baum Doll Patent Law James Eaves, Jr., Bingham Greenebaum Doll Stephen C. Hall, Stoll Keenon Ogden James R. Higgins, Jr., Middleton Reutlinger Sarah Osborn Hill, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs David W. Nagle, Jr., Stites & Harbison John F. Salazar, Middleton Reutlinger Matthew A. Williams, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Personal Injury Law— Defense Douglas Cain Ballantine, Stoll Keenon Ogden Donald K. Brown, Jr., O'Bryan, Brown & Toner Carol Dan Browning, Stites & Harbison David Domene, Blackburn Domene & Burchett Mark S. Fenzel, Middleton Reutlinger Byron E. Leet, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs John R. Martin, Jr., Landrum & Shouse Byron N. Miller, Tompson Miller & Simpson Christopher P. O'Bryan, O'Bryan, Brown & Toner William B. Orberson, Phillips Parker Orber- son & Arnett Robert E. Stopher, Boehl Stopher & Graves Edward H. Stopher, Boehl Stopher & Graves David S. Strite, O'Bryan, Brown & Toner John L. Tate, Stites & Harbison Personal Injury Law— Plaintiff John A. Bahe, Jr., Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger Richard M. Breen, Richard Breen Law Offices Vanessa B. Cantley, Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger Paul A. Casi II, Paul A. Casi II 127 115

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