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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado (TVNewser)
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court. New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree. Fox News In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of Holmes. TheWrap “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Tuesday in a statement. “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole.” FishbowlNY Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right. Poynter / MediaWire There exists “no principle more fundamental or well-established than the right of a reporter to refuse to divulge a confidential source,” New York’s State Court of Appeals said in its decision Tuesday.

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NY Court Rules Fox News Reporter Doesn’t Have to Reveal Sources [Updated]

It’s a good day for journalists. In a 4-3 decision, New York’s Court of Appeals has ruled that Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter, cannot be forced to reveal her sources for story on the Aurora, Colorado shooting.

After the tragedy, Winter had broke a story that the murderer —  James Holmes — had sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that was “full of details about how he was going to kill people.” Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right.

“Confidential newsgathering is essential for investigative journalism to flourish, and the New York Court of Appeals has issued a broad decision protecting all New York-based journalists,” said Dori Ann Hanswirth, the lead lawyer on Winter’s team. “Today’s victory is as much for Jana Winter as it is for all journalists and the public, which has a right to receive news from confidential sources.”

Well said.

Update (12/11):
Below is a statement from Roger Ailes.

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Another Fight | Silenced | Good Luck Everyone

WinterTVNewser: Jana Winter, the Fox News reporter that won’t give up her sources, is back in court tomorrow.

AppNewser: Journalists covering the Olympics are forbidden from using Twitter or Instagram. We don’t necessarily consider that a bad thing.

PRNewser: The Catholic church is conducting a survey to see which group of people it should irrationally hate the most.

A Small Win | Good Google | Yelling Time

TVNewser: A temporary victory for journalists — a hearing for Fox News reporter Jana Winter, who has been ordered by a court to reveal her sources, has been delayed.

Stock Logos: We already brought up new logos once today, so why not do it again! This time we actually like the proposed update to Google’s look.

FishbowlDC: James Carville is going to pen a regular column for The Hill. It will be written in all caps.

Fox News Reporter’s Hearing on Colorado Shooting Source Begins

Today, lawyers for Fox News’ Jana Winter — who broke a story about James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado shooter — begin their fight to keep her from testifying. The AP reports that their appeal is expected to be made later this afternoon, in New York state’s Appellate Division.

The hearing will no doubt be watched closely by journalists. Holmes’ lawyers want Winter to testify about her confidential sources because the team claims that the contact with Winter violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers are claiming that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up.

Winter has said in the past that no matter what, she will not reveal her sources’ identities. The cost for staying silent on the stand: Perhaps six months behind bars.

Judge Defers Ruling on Fox News Reporter

Judge Carlos Samour Jr. will defer his ruling on if Fox News reporter Jana Winter will have to testify in court about her sources. As we noted yesterday, Winter had broke a story about a notebook the Aurora, Colorado killer James Homes had sent to a psychiatrist.

Holmes’ defense team was trying to get Winter to testify and thus reveal her sources for the book, and the judge was expected to make a decision on that matter tomorrow. Instead, Fox News reports that Samour Jr. deferred, saying that he won’t decide on the issue until he has ruled if the notebook will be permitted as evidence.

Winter, to her credit, was determined to accept a jail sentence over divulging her sources. And because the notebook isn’t currently evidence, there’s a chance it could never be. This is clearly a small victory. Let’s keep our fingers crossed Winter never sees the stand.

Fox News Reporter Threatened with Jail

Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter, is staying silent. And for that, she could face up to six months in jail. After the Aurora, Colorado shooting, Winter broke a story that the murderer —  James Holmes — had sent a notebook to a Univesity of Colorado psychiatrist “full of details about how he was going to kill people.”

As Fox News reports, because Winter isn’t revealing her sources for the notebook, she is facing time behind bars. Holmes’ defense attorneys were unsuccessful in their attempts to get Colorado law enforcement agents to admit that they were Winter’s source, so now they’re going after Winter.

On April 10, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. will issue a decision about Winter testifying in court. Although Colorado’s “shield law” protects journalists from being incarerated for refusing to divulge sources, it does allow judges to force a reporter’s hand if prior attempts to unveil the source’s identity have failed.

Winter’s lawyer said that she will not divulge the source’s identity if put on the stand.

NY Post DOT Com and the Sixers

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Since the LA Times doesn’t have a gossip page, we have to make do with Page Six of the NY Post. Now, the webversion, PageSix.com, launches with a new design (making it look like Dlisted), there’s even more news you can’t really use, exactly.

We love the contributors’ bios, but of course, they need a little more information which we’re happy to provide.

Noelle Hancock was Us Weekly’s online editor and had been at the NY Observer. Upward and onward in journalism.

Jan Heger, the daughter of Paris Hilton DUI lawyer Richard Hutton, used to be a researcher at TMZ.

Jana Winter and Elizabeth Wolff have both been kicking around the Post.

Sean Borg–a semi-celebrity refugee from TMZ.

Jackie Gallo and Jarett Wieselman were at InTouch. Maybe they still are.

Libby Keatinge is the author of Beverly Hills Tutor and co-authored The Player’s Handbook with Heidi Fleiss.

And there’s a spot open.