Murray, Casey, News Media and the Law
Four states are considering shield laws to protect journalists from testifying and turning over unpublished material.
When Tony Messenger, a columnist for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, first interviewed Shawan Daniels, he had no idea the jailhouse conversation would change his thoughts about media law.
All he wanted was information about the murder charge against Daniels, who threw a branch at a man who was attacking her, killing a 72-year-old woman after the man ducked.
Shortly after his column ran, a subpoena arrived from the public defender's office seeking his notes and other unpublished information. Messenger refused - and decided the state needed a shield …
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Publication information: Article title: Shield Surge. Contributors: Murray, Casey - Author. Magazine title: News Media and the Law. Volume: 30. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2006. Page number: 14+. © Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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