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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Reporter, Also Witness In Criminal Trial, Challenges Gag Order

A United States District Judge has issued a gag order that raises interesting issues of First Amendment law, because it prohibits a local tv reporter, who's also a witness in the trial, from reporting on that trial. Nashville reporter Phil Williams found out some interesting info about State Senator John Ford, who resigned and is now facing corruption charges, and turned over the evidence after reporting on it. Now Mr. Williams is on the witness list. Judge Todd Campbell told witnesses they may not speak about the case, a problem for Mr. Williams and his station, who are now challenging the gag order.

[Thanks to Tom Wood for the tip].

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