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Thursday, February 17, 2005

DC Circuit Orders Reporters to Disclose Sources or Face Jail

From MSNBC.com:  "A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling against two reporters who could go to jail for refusing to divulge their sources to investigators probing the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s name to the media.  The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with prosecutors in their attempt to compel Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper and The New York Times’ Judith Miller to testify before a federal grand jury about their confidential sources.  'We agree with the District Court that there is no First Amendment privilege protecting the information sought,' Judge David B. Sentelle said in the ruling, which was unanimous.  Floyd Abrams, the lawyer for both reporters, said he would ask the full appeals court to reverse Tuesday’s ruling. 'Today’s decision strikes a heavy blow against the public’s right to be informed about its government,' Abrams said in a statement."  Story here.  Listen to NPR story here. [Mark Godsey]

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