4th Circ. Nixes NYT Reporter's 2nd Bid To Shield Source

Law360, New York (October 16, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday denied a New York Times reporter's bid for an en banc rehearing of a July order that he disclose whether ex-CIA official Jeffrey Sterling gave him confidential information about an operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program.

The appeals court voted 13-1 to deny James Risen's petition with explaining its decision. Only Circuit Judge Roger Gregory dissented, calling the question of “whether there exists in the criminal context a First Amendment privilege for reporters to decline to identify their confidential sources,”...
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