Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Charge Dropped Against Public News Service Reporter Who Asked Questions of HHS Secretary Tom Price

The local prosecutor has dropped charges against journalist Dan Heyman (Public News Service), who was charged with "willful disruption of governmental processes" for asking questions of HHS Secretary Tom Price a few months ago. Mr. Price was at the West Virginia Capitol building when Mr. Heyman, walking alongside him, pressed him for answers about health-care policy. Shortly afterward, Mr. Price was arrested.  Had he been convicted, he would have faced up to six months in jail.

The Washington Post quotes Mr. Heyman's attorney as saying that because Mr. Heyman had audio evidence of the encounter, as well as video evidence provided by the state, he could demonstrate that the reporter agreed to move away physically from Mr. Price. 

PNS and the prosecutor's office issued a joint statement announcing withdrawal of the charges.  More here from PNS. 

For the text of the joint statement, see the pinned tweet for the Public News Service @PNS_News.

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