Last week, New York’s highest court, the State Court of Appeals, ruled that the state’s "shield law," which provides some protections from searches and seizures for journalists conducting newsgathering, extends to reporting done outside of the state of New York. The decision was a reversal of a lower court’s ruling that Fox News reporter Jana Winter would have to appear in a court in Colorado the answer questions about her sources in a story about Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes. The year-long legal battle, writes Ed Krayewski, shows that protecting free speech rights hardly comes free.
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