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Green v. Chicago Tribune Co.
Citation:675 N.E.2d 249 (Ill. App. Ct. 1996).
Calvin Green was a gunshot victim taken to local hospital to undergo emergency treatment for the wound. While Green was receiving emergency medical treatment, on December 30, a staffer for the Chicago Tribune Co. photographed Green during the treatment. The Tribune Co. never asked for permission to photograph Green.
On December 31, Calvin was pronounced dead, a Chicago Tribune reporter asked plaintiff for a statement on son’s passing. Plaintiff refused. After Green’s death, Tribune staffers took further unauthorized photographs of Green, preventing plaintiff and others from entering hospital room. While plaintiff was beside her son, Tribune staffers listened to her statements made to Green.
On January 1st, the Tribune published a quote from plaintiff given to her deceased son as part of a story on the City’s record homicide rate, as well as an accompanying photograph of Green following his death. On January 3rd, the Tribune Co. printed a photograph of Green undergoing medical treatment at the hospital.
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