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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fox News Reporter May Go To Jail To Protect Source In Colorado Shooting Suspect Trial

Fox News journalist Jana Winter is waiting to see if her notebook, which contains background information on a story she wrote last summer about Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes, will be introduced into evidence in his trial. If so, she also may be called to testify, and she may be asked to reveal her sources. Ms. Winter does not, of course, want to reveal her sources for the story, and is attempting to use to Colorado's shield statute to prevent such an outcome.  Ms. Winter's attorney is also arguing that forcing his client to testify would have a "chilling effect" on journalists. James Holmes's lawyers claim that Ms. Winter's failure to disclose her source hamper his ability to obtain a fair trial. More here from Fox News, here from the New York Times.  Opinion here from the New York Times.

 

 

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