Wednesday, December 08, 2004

FLOYD IN THE HIZZOUSE!!!

UPDATE - E+P:

NEW YORK On Tuesday night's "Charlie Rose" show on PBS, in a segment on the Valerie Plame/CIA leak probe, attorney Floyd Abrams said that if Judith Miller and Matt Cooper "have to go to jail it will be a defeat and the world will change....We have a history of not putting reporters in jail, and that is changing."

[Ed: This one's going to the Supremes - I feel bad for Rehmmy, a 4-4 split could be interesting.]

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Reporters Fight in Court Not to Reveal Sources
December 8, 7:16 PM (ET)
By Deborah Charles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for two journalists subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury asked a federal court on Wednesday to rule that they do not have to disclose their confidential sources in an investigation into the leak of a covert CIA officer's name in the build-up to the Iraq war.

Floyd Abrams, who represents New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine, urged a three-judge panel on the federal appeals court to rule that the two do not have to comply with the subpoena.

Abrams said journalists are protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

A lawyer for the government, James Fleissner, argued that under a 1972 Supreme Court ruling, journalists are not granted absolute First Amendment protection in criminal cases.

Abrams said times had changed in the past 30 years, and noted that most states have some protection for journalists.
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