Defense attorneys failed to enter a plea for
James Holmes, on trial for the Aurora theater shooting spree. They
considering entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea,
but the judge
entered a not guilty plea on Holmes’s behalf instead. The news
brought to light something else defense attorneys were trying to
find out who leaked a notebook Holmes sent to his psychiatrist
before the shooting. Via
The judge in the case says he’ll hold a hearing the
week of April 1 to find out who violated a gag order in the
One of Holmes’ lawyers said Tuesday that a judge in New York has
signed a subpoena for Fox News reporter Jana Winter to testify
about her story, which cited unidentified law enforcement
Holmes’ attorneys are trying to get Winter to disclose her sources.
Her lawyer has said that shield laws in New York and Colorado
protect Winter from demands to reveal her sources.
denied earlier this year that Holmes’ defense attorneys had
ever tried to contact them for information, and that it would
anyway protect the reporter’s source:
;“Under the New York shield law, a reporter’s
confidential sources are absolutely privileged, and testimony about
those sources cannot be compelled by any governmental body
regardless of the purpose for which that testimony is sought,”
wrote [Fox News attorney Dori Ann] Hanswirth.
The judge is holding the hearing into the notebooks after having
declared Winter a material witness in the case. New York’s
shield law appears to be
stronger than Colorado’s
and Fox News’ next move remains to be seen.
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