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A state district judge in Blue Earth County, Minn. has ordered a reporter for The (Mankato) Free Press to disclose his notes about a telephone conversation he had with a man during a police standoff that ended in the man’s death and the wounding of two police officers. The Free Press published a story the day after the incident including information received during the telephone conversation, and the county attorney subpoenaed The Press and all the notes of its reporter, Dan Nienaber, who spoke with Skjervold. Judge Norb Smith denied The Press’ motion to quash the subpoena on Feb. 13, 2007, and the paper has decided to appeal the ruling.

In February 2007, The New York Times declined an invitation offering their reporter Alex Berenson an opportunity to explain his role in what Senior District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein described as a “conspiracy” to defy a protective order in a recently-settled class action lawsuit that was, at the time of the alleged conspiracy, pending before United States District Court for Eastern New York.

Joshua Wolf served the lengthiest prison term of any American journalist for refusing to comply with a subpoena

Update: BALCO Leaker's Plea Deal Rejected

The lawyer who admitted leaking grand jury testimony about athlete steroid use to the San Francisco Chronicle was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison July 12, 2007. The judge had rejected an earlier plea agreement that allowed for a two-year maximum sentence as too lenient.

Roundup: State Lawmakers Consider Privilege Statutes

Supporters advocate shield law in Massachusetts

Journalists and First Amendment experts testified in support of a proposed reporter shield law at a June 12, 2007 hearing of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

The latest iteration of a federal reporter shield law, introduced in both the House and Senate, has gained support from media organizations, media advocates and Democrat and Republican lawmakers, but has critics and opponents both in the Bush administration and big business.

Alternative Weekly Allegedly Published Sherriff’s Home Address

The founders of The Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly newspaper, were arrested Oct. 18, 2007 for publishing a story about an ongoing grand jury investigation.

Judge Rules Reporters Need not Testify in Murder Case

A State Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn, N.Y. ruled on Sept. 12, 2007, that two newspaper reporters will not be compelled to testify in a murder case against the parents of the victim.

On Oct. 16, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Free Flow of Information Act, a bill that would establish for the first time a federal privilege for reporters and their confidential sources.

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