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  •  you'd have to source that opinion before (0+ / 0-)

    I'd believe it.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 06:59:53 PM PST

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    •  Sure... see here (0+ / 0-)

      http://www.universalhub.com/...

      Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting "the free discussion of governmental affairs."

      It is from a decision on police recording, but seems to apply equally to all government employees.

      •  That's probably not directly relevant, as (0+ / 0-)

        "government official" is a more restrictive definition than "Anyone being paid by the public".  You can receive payment for services out of public funds without being a "government official" like a police officer.

        Moreover, this refers to a "cardinal First Amendment interest", that is, a settled concept that has long held a carve-out for physicians in their work.  As this ruling doesn't address the expectation of privacy of physicians paid by "the public" (it had no reason to, of course) I can't make the same guesses that you are making.

        It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

        by Murphoney on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 09:35:55 AM PST

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