Court favors reporter, Colo. news sources
A Fox News reporter is protected by New York law from being forced to reveal her sources for an article about the suspect in the mass shooting that left 12 people dead in a suburban Denver movie theater last year, the state's top court ruled Tuesday.
New York shield law supports refusing to recognize a Colorado court's petition for a subpoena, the New York Court of Appeals ruled, 4-3.
Lawyers for the suspect, James Holmes, wanted New York-based reporter Jana Winter brought to Colorado to name two law officers who told her Holmes had mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. The lawyers argued that the sources violated a judge's gag order, may have lied under oath about that, and won't be credible as trial witnesses.
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes described the decision as "a major win for all journalists." - AP
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