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Journalist Resists City Subpoena for Documenting and Reporting Police Brutality in Stateway Gardens Community

StatewayOn June 13, 2005, Jamie Kalven received a subpoena from the City of Chicago in connection with Bond v. Utreras, et al. Kalven was subpoenaed for his involvement in writing about as well as aiding Diane Bond—a resident of Stateway Gardens—who was repeatedly assaulted and harassed by police. Kalven wrote about Bond's experience in a 17-part series called "Kicking the Pigeon."

The subpoena demanded "copies of any and all documents, notes, reports, writings, computer files, audio tapes, video tapes, or any written or recorded item" in his possession regarding any of twenty-four named individuals (members of the Stateway Gardens community and police officers, as well as the plaintiff's attorney and an expert witness) "and/or any allegations of misconduct by any police officer" at Stateway Gardens.

Kalven refused to comply with the subpoena on multiple grounds; chief among them, the First Amendment.

On May 1, 2006, the City filed two motions. One motion petitions the judge to hold Kalven in contempt for "his deliberate and intentional refusal to produce the notes and recordings in question." The other motion seeks an order forcing Kalven to answer questions he declined to answer when deposed in the Bond case.

Kalven's attorneys filed his response on May 30th. Judge Arlander Keys has said he will rule by June 12.

Audio: Chicago Public Radio on Bond Case and Kalven Subpoena
Other links: Read the whole series "Kicking the Pigeon" in .PDF format | Discuss "Kicking the Pigeon" | Article from the NewsWire | For more information check out The View from the Ground


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