- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has ordered an Albuquerque television station to turn over raw video of its interview with a Farmington man who was shot in 2010 when a title-loan company’s workers tried to repossess his vehicle.

The civil case involves a lawsuit filed by Henry Clay, who was interviewed by KRQE-TV. One of the repo men allegedly shot Clay because he thought Clay had a gun. The repo men weren’t charged.

District Judge Sarah M. Singleton on Monday ordered the station to turn over unedited outtakes for use as evidence sought by the title-loan company, Community Loans of America. The company owns New Mexico Title Loans of New Mexico.

Marty Esquivel, a lawyer for KRQE, sought to quash a subpoena by the loan company’s lawyers.

Esquivel argued that raw interview footage is privileged material that the station shouldn’t have to surrender, but Singleton ruled that the information is relevant to Clay’s credibility and can’t be obtained from another means.

However, Singleton ruled that the station didn’t have to surrender a reporter’s notes, which also were sought in the subpoena.

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists criticized Singleton’s decision to order surrender of the outtakes and the request by the loan company’s lawyers for the information.

“Forcing journalists to produce their working notes or raw video is a serious infringement of our ability to gather news and information on behalf of the public,” board President Laura Paskus wrote.

Attorney Justin Rodriguez, representing Community Loans, suggested KRQE’s news story, which aired in February, may have been an attempt to influence a prospective jury.

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