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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jana Winter
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to require a Fox News reporter to reveal the confidential sources she used in a story about defendant James Holmes.
Lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal to increase legal protections for reporters and their sources in Colorado, an idea that was prompted by the case of a New York reporter who was pressured to divulge sources in the 2012 suburban Denver theater shootings.
Colorado lawmakers delayed a vote Wednesday on a bill to increase legal protections for reporters and their sources in Colorado.
DENVER (AP) — Journalists in Colorado may get legal help protecting their sources with legislation inspired by the case of a New York reporter who was pressured to divulge who gave her information about the 2012 theater shootings.
America's Founders knew what they were doing
Seven years ago, Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, became the heroine of a cause celebre when federal prosecutors demanded she testify to a grand jury investigating a White House leak divulging that Valerie Plame was an undercover operative of the CIA.
Sometimes, the nation's reporters perform their duties to the highest degree: They root out corruption, uncover scandal, speak truth to power. But increasingly, America's "journalists" are falling well short of what the founders envisioned when they sought to ensure a democracy kept honest by a free and vibrant press.
She said while she faced her subpoena, sources stopped talking to her and she received harassing phone calls and threatening Internet postings.
"In the end, I was deeply fortunate to be from a state that gives the strongest available protections to journalists and their confidential sources," Winter said in a statement read by Herpin when he presented his bill earlier this month.