NY court: Reporter shielded in Colorado shooting case

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s top court says state law protects a Fox News reporter from being forced to reveal her sources for a story about the suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater last year.

The Court of Appeals ruled 4 to 2 on Tuesday that the state’s shield law supports refusing to recognize a Colorado court’s petition for a subpoena.

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. They argue the sources violated a gag order, may have lied under oath about that and won’t be credible as trial witnesses.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors routinely decline to comment, citing the gag order.


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