Legal News

Supreme Court Will Not Hear New York Times Journalist Leak Case
Download PDF

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case involving the idea of journalists having free speech protections that allow them to avoid being forced to testify in any cases involving government leaks, according to Reuters.

New York Times reporter James Risen filed an appeal on a ruling issued in July of 2013 by the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The court ruled that Risen must testify in a high-profile case.

  
What
Where


Risen’s book, “State of War,” is believed to have information leaked by former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Because of this, prosecutors were seeking the testimony of Risen. Sterling was indicted on 10 charges related to Risen’s book back in 2010. Those charges include communication of national defense information and unauthorized retention.

The ruling from the appeals court centered around a subpoena issued by Attorney General Eric Holder for Sterling’s trial, which has yet to take place. Risen said that he cannot be compelled to testify in the trial. The appeals court ruled that reporters do not have privilege under the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.

In an amicus brief filed with the court, more than 20 news outlets have taken up the fight for Risen and have asked the Supreme Court to hear the case and recognize the existence of privileges for reporters.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




 

Most Popular

Legal Career Resources

September 27, 2016 Going In-house Is Career Suicide For Good Attorneys

Summary: The best attorneys should never give up on their career by going in-house. Read on to learn why. Read Why Going In-house Is Often the Worst Decision a Good Attorney Can Ever Make to learn more. Going in-house is […]

read more

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top