- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Court of Appeals has quashed a subpoena that ordered a Phoenix journalist to hand over all his records from interviews with a Catholic priest who was assaulted during a 2014 robbery and murder.

In an opinion released Thursday, the appeals court ruled a trial court erred in denying the motion to quash the subpoena five months ago.

A judge had ruled that an Arizona Republic editor and writer’s First Amendment protections were overshadowed by the fair-trial rights of homicide suspect Gary Michael Moran.

But the appeals court ruled that Moran didn’t meet the burden of demonstrating a sufficiently compelling need for the reporter’s material.

Moran has pleaded not guilty to charges that he badly beat one priest and fatally shot another in a June 2014 attack.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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