- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge has upheld the right of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit newspaper reporter to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to reveal his sources in a story about a terrorism prosecutor.

David Ashenfelter of the Detroit Free Press appeared at a deposition Tuesday at the federal courthouse. During two hours of private questioning, he refused to say how he learned about an ethics investigation of Richard Convertino.

Ashenfelter’s lawyer, Richard Zuckerman, says U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland upheld the reporter’s refusal to answer key questions.

Convertino’s lawyer has until May 5 to ask Cleland to reconsider his rulings.

Convertino is suing the Justice Department over the leak to the reporter, who won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


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