SCOTUS Won’t Make Reporter Testify On Aurora Sources

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an effort to force a television news reporter to reveal her sources for a story about the suspect in the mass shooting that left 12 people dead in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.

The justices did not comment Tuesday in leaving in place a decision by New York’s top appellate court that shielded Fox News reporter Jana Winter from being called to testify in a Colorado court. Winter is based in New York.

Lawyers for suspect James Holmes wanted Winter brought to Colorado to name two law officers who told her Holmes had mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. The lawyers said the sources violated a judge’s gag order and won’t be credible as trial witnesses.

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