Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

David Berkowitz In Court Once Again

David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam", is in court to try to stop former attormey Hugo Harmatz from using materials Berkowitz said he gave Harmatz years ago to keep for me. He says Harmatz now plans to write about him; to stop him, Berkowitz is suing under the "Son of Sam" law that New York has in place. Read more here. The original New York statute was ruled unconstitutional in Simon & Schuster, Inc. vs. New York Crime Victims Board, 502 U. S. 105 (1991); as a result the state legislature redrafted the law. Read more here. Jessica Yager has an article about New York's Son of Sam law in the 2004 New York Law School Law Review. Note that the Nevada "Son of Sam" law was ruled unconstitutional in December 2004.

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