Law’s Andrew Geronimo examines prosecutor’s attempt to silence reporter in body slam case

Akron prosecutors made moves to silence a Signal Akron reporter in body slam case

Signal AkronAndrew Geronimo, director of the First Amendment Clinic at the School of Law, said the prosecutor’s attempt to bar a local news organization from reporting on the case of a police officer violently assaulting a citizen was unconstitutional. “Orders prohibiting speech are classic examples of ‘prior restraints’—these orders are presumptively unconstitutional and need the highest justifications to be valid,” Geronimo said. “These orders are especially troubling when they seek to prohibit speech from journalists covering a matter of public concern.”