Calif. Law Boosts Reporter Protections Against Subpoenas

Law360, San Diego (October 4, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill requiring state enforcement officials to give reporters and news organizations five days’ notice before issuing a subpoena of their phone records or other information held by a third party.

S.B. 558, proposed by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, aims to close a loophole in the state’s shield law. The measure came in response to revelations that the U.S. Department of Justice had secretly collected the phone records of Associated...
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