Ehrlich ban on Sun journalists

Archived coverage of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s memo ordering government staff not to speak with State House Bureau Chief David Nitkin or former columnist Michael Olesker.

February 16, 2006

Court favors Ehrlich on ban

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed The Sun a defeat yesterday in its lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. that challenged his ban on talking with two Sun reporters.

November 30, 2005

3 judges hear Sun's appeal in access case

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pointedly dissected arguments yesterday from lawyers for Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and The Sun, who are embroiled in a legal battle over the governor's decision to deny two journalists access to him or his administration.

November 29, 2005

Sun to ask court to lift ban by Ehrlich

Lawyers for The Sun will argue today in a Richmond, Va., courtroom that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had no constitutional right to forbid state officials from speaking with two of the paper's journalists, and that the ban was a violation of the First Amendment.

June 16, 2005

Ehrlich's lawyers argue against reviving Sun suit

A Sun lawsuit against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. challenging the governor's ban on two Sun journalists should not be revived because the newspaper failed to provide sufficient evidence of irreparable harm from the ban, lawyers for the governor argued in a brief filed yesterday.

May 24, 2005

Sun backed in lawsuit challenging Ehrlich ban

A coalition of the nation's leading news organizations filed a legal brief yesterday supporting The Sun in its lawsuit against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., contending that the governor's ban on two Sun journalists was an act "characteristic of repressive regimes."

May 17, 2005

Brief assails Ehrlich ban on pair of Sun journalists

A comprehensive brief from Sun lawyers challenging Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s ban on two Sun journalists has been filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

April 26, 2005

Kendel Ehrlich joins husband in fight against newspapers

First lady Kendel Ehrlich, in a fiery speech to Republican supporters on the lower Eastern Shore, joined her husband's public fight against newspapers, saying they "lie" and "need to be punished."

April 22, 2005

Governor is dissatisfied with Sun investigation

The Ehrlich administration said yesterday that it was unsatisfied with the results of a four-month investigation by The Sun's public editor that found all but a handful of its complaints about the newspaper's coverage of the governor to be unfounded.

April 21, 2005

Paul Moore: Weighing the merits of Ehrlich complaints

The following column by Sun Public Editor Paul Moore is being published in an effort to provide readers with a timely report on a list of complaints about Sun coverage compiled by the press office of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration. The list was given to Sun executives at an off-the-record meeting in December. Mr. Moore, who reports directly to the publisher and works independently of The Sun's news and editorial page operations, has carefully investigated the complaints on the list. The Ehrlich administration is expected to release the list today, along with other materials related to the governor's dispute with The Sun that led to the banning of two Sun journalists.

April 21, 2005

Paul Moore: Text of Ehrlich complaints against The Sun

On Dec. 19, 2004, the publisher of The Sun and top editors met privately with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and members of his staff. At that meeting, the governor's staff distributed a document with 23 items detailing complaints about news stories, editorials, headlines and columns published in The Sun between October 2001 and December 2004.

March 15, 2005

Sun appeals ruling in suit against the governor

The Sun filed an appeal yesterday in its lawsuit with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., one month after a federal judge ruled the governor has the right to ban state employees from speaking with two writers for the newspaper.

February 19, 2005

Ehrlich counsel queries media

Jervis S. Finney, chief counsel to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., has begun questioning members of the media - including two Sun reporters - about "MD4BUSH," an anonymous contributor to a Web site that posted rumors about Mayor Martin O'Malley.

February 15, 2005

Sun's challenge of Ehrlich order is dismissed by a federal judge

The Baltimore Sun vowed yesterday to continue fighting an order barring state employees from speaking with two of the newspaper's journalists, despite a decision from a federal judge dismissing the lawsuit the paper had brought against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

January 14, 2005

Journalism groups back Sun's fight against ban

Some of the most prominent journalists' organizations in America filed a joint brief this week supporting The Sun in a case they see as important in buttressing First Amendment rights of reporters and the public.

December 30, 2004

Sun asks court to lift ban by Ehrlich

The Baltimore Sun Co. filed a motion yesterday in U.S. District Court asking that a Nov. 18 Ehrlich administration order banning state employees from speaking with two Sun writers be immediately lifted.

December 28, 2004

Ehrlich asks for dismissal of Sun lawsuit

Attorneys for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. asked a federal court yesterday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by The Sun over the governor's order banning state employees from speaking with two writers at the paper.

December 10, 2004

Governor agrees to meet with Sun's top executives

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. agreed yesterday to meet with top executives of The Sun to talk about his directive ordering state employees not to talk to two Sun journalists.

December 8, 2004

Ehrlich tells students of his feud with The Sun

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. gave an undergraduate class at Towson University a real-life political case study yesterday - describing his feud with The Sun.

December 4, 2004

Sun files suit to lift ban on journalists by Ehrlich

The Baltimore Sun Co. sued Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday, asking a federal judge to lift the administration's order banning state government employees from talking to two of the newspaper's writers.

November 25, 2004

Steele reverses, says talk occurred

The Ehrlich administration acknowledged yesterday that Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele had a conversation with Sun columnist Michael Olesker at Pimlico Race Course in May -- a reversal after the administration had been saying for several days that no such conversation occurred.

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