To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: More BANG for your Budget!
Date: Fri Jun 28 02:02:34 MDT 2013
A constitutional attorney says the possibility that Foxnews.com reporter Jana Winter could go to jail for refusing to reveal her sources for a story in the aftermath of the Aurora movie massacre is enough for the government to re-evaluate state Shield laws.David Rivkin, who appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday, said there needs to be a national solution that would never put any reporter in that situation.In 2012, Winter wrote an exclusive story detailing how alleged gunman James Holmes sent a package to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that included a notebook "full of details about how he was going to kill people," according to one of her sources.Rivkin said Holmes lawyers believe they wont get a fair trial if they dont know Winters source.Its a very weak argument, Rivkin said.Rivkin explained that New York, where Winter is based, has an Absolute Shield Law that protects reporters from revealing their sources. However, New York courts decided that Winters situation should be looked at under Colorado Shield laws, which contain exceptions that may allow reporters to testify.This whole story to me demonstrates that there is a need for a national solution, Rivkin said.Click for full coverage of Fox News' First Amendment fight. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry board a second plane after their original aircraft had mechanical problems on April 6, 2013, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Kerry heads to the Middle East, his third trip to the region in two weeks, in a fresh bid to unlock long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. And in Istanbul, the first leg of a six-nation trip that goes on to Europe and East Asia, Kerry will coordinate with Turkey's Prime Minister and other Turkish officials on efforts to halt the violence in neighboring Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)The Associated PressSyrians who now live in Greece, display photos of injured people in Syria, during a protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad , in front of the Greek Parliament, in Athens, Saturday April 6, 2013. Around 200 Syrians took part in the protest. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)The Associated PressFILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures speaks at the Opera House in central Damascus, Syria. Assad has warned that the fall of his regime or the breakup of Syria will unleash a wave of instability that will shake the Middle East for years to come. Assad told the Turkish TV station Ulusal Kanal in an interview aired Friday, April 5, 2013 that "we are surrounded by countries that help terrorists and allow them to enter Syria." (A