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Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a journalist shield bill into law on April 15, 2010, saying that "we must allow journalists to perform their jobs without fear of prosecution and continue bringing the news home to Kansans."

In two unrelated incidents in April 2010, California police searched the home of a technology blogger who had written about the prototype of a new phone from Apple, and Virginia officials raided the newsroom of The Breeze, the student newspaper at James Madison University, while investigating recent student riots.

Hawaiian Shield Law Protects Independent Filmmaker

A Hawaii state district court judge ruled on September 2 that Hawaii's journalist shield law exempts independent filmmaker Keoni Kealoha Alvarez from responding to subpoenas or being deposed in a lawsuit involving a property dispute.

Military Appeals Court Rejects Reporter's Privilege

A military appeals court held that military courts should not recognize a reporter's privilege for non-confidential sources under either constitutional or common law in a decision published Aug. 31, 2009. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a ruling by a military judge that had quashed a government subpoena seeking unaired portions of a "60 Minutes" interview with Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich.

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