Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fox News Journo Seeks to Quash Subpoena in Aurora Shooting Coverage

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Arapahoe County (Colo.) District Court Judge William Sylvester has scheduled a hearing for April 1, according to a Reuters wire service story, on whether New York-based Fox News journalist Jana Winter will have to testify pursuant to requests by attorneys for defendant James Holmes, the accused in the mass shooting last July at an Aurora theater screening of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

Prosecutors fear the start of the trial of Holmes will be delayed, but defense counsel contend Winter's coverage could taint the jury pool and interfere with their client's right to a fair trial by an impartial jury. Defense counsel want Winter to testify concerning the identities of anonymous law enforcement sources regarding her story about a notebook Holmes allegedly sent to Univ. of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, the contents of which allegedly address plans for a mass killing, Reuters reported. Winter's story was reported after a gag order issued by Judge Sylvester took effect.

Winter is expected to challenge a subpoena to testify on First Amendment grounds, asserting reporter's privilege and looking to shield law protection from having to divulge confidential sources to authorities. Both New York [N.Y. Civ. Rights Law Art. 7, Sec. 79-h], where Winter is based, and Colorado [Colo. Stat. Sec. 13-90-113], where the trial will occur, boast shield laws that require authorities to show a compelling need for information that they are unable to obtain elsewhere before compelling journalists to testify.

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