A New Pentagon Papers Case - Newspapers, Blogs and the Diebold/Jones Day Memos

Ernest Miller sez: Last Tuesday it was revealed that Diebold was informed by its lawyers that using uncertified e-voting software in California was probably illegal. Where did this information come from? Leaked legal memos from Diebold's law firm, Jones Day. Last Tuesday afternoon a judge ordered that all documents not already published on the internet be returned to Jones Day. But, if you can't stop newspapers from publishing the Pentagon Papers, why can you stop a newspaper from publishing memos dealing with important issues regarding voting equipment? Perhaps the lesson for newspapers is that if you think the public should be informed, publish as much as possible and don't try to hold back information for 'exclusives.'" Link