Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hurt Locker Oscar Winner Challenges Government Subpoena Over Bergdahl Interviews

Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for the film The Hurt Locker (Best Original Screenplay), has challenged an Army-issued subpoena in the case the U. S. government has brought against Bowe Bergdahl (Hollywood Reporter).  Mr. Boal interviewed Sergeant Bergdahl in 2015 and some of that material was later broadcast on the podcast Serial as part of its second season. Mr. Boal has raised a First Amendment defense as well as statutory law claims to protect his work in collecting the interviews and other material. Read the complaint here (via The Hollywood Reporter).

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