The Supreme Court this morning raised the stakes for all reporters and increased the need for a federal shield bill. The Court denied certiorari (refused to hear the case) of James Risen, a New York Times reporter. Risen has been ordered to testify in the criminal trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking information about a failed CIA effort to interfere with Iran's nuclear program during the Clinton Administration. According to the AP report posted on Huffington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder has suggested that Risen might not be jailed if he refuses to testify.
The Supreme Court cited its 1972 case holding that nothing in the First Amendment protects reporters against being called to testify before grand juries.
Read the complete story from the AP via Huffington Post here.
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