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  •  GOP trying to pack the courts with this tactic. (3+ / 0-)
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    scamperdo, Words In Action, Patango

    We need a balanced Judiciary more than ever.
    Look at today's appeals court ruling against NYT reporter James Risen for proof of that.  

    A federal appeals court has delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no first amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial.

    In a two-to-one ruling from the fourth circuit appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, two judges ruled that a New York Times reporter, James Risen, must give evidence at the criminal trial of a former CIA agent who is being prosecuted for unauthorised leaking of state secrets.

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