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Utah High Court Creates Privilege; Hawaii Considers Bill; Federal Effort Slows

A new rule adopted by the Utah Supreme Court and bills under consideration in Hawaii and the U.S. Senate offer protection to journalists and their confidential sources from compelled disclosure, but some say they leave lingering questions about exactly how, and to whom, they will be applied.

St. Paul (Minn.) police secretly seized a reporter’s cellular phone records from his service provider in June 2007 in an apparent effort to find out who gave the reporter an arrest report. The reporter obtained the arrest report, a public document, from a confidential source after police refused to turn it over, saying it was confidential.

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