Judge orders journalist to surrender notes to Cheney’s former chief of staff

first_img News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas May 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge orders journalist to surrender notes to Cheney’s former chief of staff to go further News Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release yesterday of Judith Miller (photo), who spent 12 weeks in prison for refusing to reveal a source. Today, after being released by her source from her promise of confidentiality, she will have to name the source and betray the principle of confidentiality in exchange for her freedom. Reporters Without Borders regrets that a key principle of journalism is thus being flouted. RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders today deplored a judge’s decision that Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper’s notes of his conversations with Vice-President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, should be handed over to the lawyers defending Libby on charges of perjury and obstructing justice.Federal judge Reggie B. Walton’s 26 May ruling “failed to respect the independence of the press,” the press freedom organisation said.Libby is suspected of telling Cooper and other journalists that Valerie Plame, the wife of a foreign service officer who criticised the Iraq invasion decision, was a CIA agent. He is currently accused of perjury and obstructing justice for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury about the source of the Plame leak. The case is expected to come to trial next January.Libby and his lawyers are meanwhile on the counter-attack, trying to cast doubt on the good faith of the journalists he supposedly took into his confidence. As well as Cooper, he has also asked Judith Miller of the New York Times and Andrea Mitchell of NBC News to surrender notes, files and e-mails that could help his defence.After examining the files, Judge Walton said he found a few differences between Cooper’s notes of his conversations with Libby and the written account he submitted to a preliminary hearing before a grand jury, and that he was therefore ordering Cooper to hand them over to Libby’s lawyers. “For the time being,” his decision did not concern Miller or Mitchell, he said. Walton said journalists did not have First Amendment protection in a criminal case.Cooper and Miller were found guilty of contempt of court twice for refusing to reveal their sources. After the supreme court refused to rule on their case on 27 June 2005, Cooper avoided going to prison by naming Libby as his source. Miller was imprisoned from 6 July to 29 September when she, too, finally gave in. She has since left the New York Times.__________________________________________________________________________30.09.05 – Judith Miller is freed, but at the expense of the confidentiality of sources Reporters Without Borders today hailed the release yesterday of New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who had been in prison since 6 July for refusing to reveal a source, but the organisation regretted that, in order to obtain her freedom, she has been forced to violate the principle that journalists’ sources are confidential.“Miller’s release is obviously good news in itself, but she recovered her freedom in exchange for naming her source, albeit with the source’s agreement, which means that the principle of the confidentiality of sources, one of the pillars of journalism, has been flouted,” the press freedom organisation said.“The fight must go on for recognition of this principle by the US federal justice system,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope that congress, where two bills on this question have been presented, will tackle this quickly.”Miller emerged yesterday afternoon from Alexandria federal prison in the eastern state of Virginia where she had spent nearly 12 weeks. She was released under an agreement with federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who held her in contempt of court for refusing to name her source in the case of Valerie Plame, the former CIA agent whose name was leaked to the press in 2003.Miller’s refusal led to her being sentenced twice by a federal appeal court, as was Matthew Cooper of Time. After the supreme court on 27 June refused to take up their case, Cooper avoided going to prison by finally agreeing to name his source but Miller continued to refuse. The New York Times has reported that her source was Lewis Libby, a close aide of Vice-President Dick Cheney. Miller is expected to confirm this today to the grand jury of the federal appeal court that previously sent her to jail.It is now up to legislators to settle the debate about the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. Two bills on the subject were presented to congress in February but have yet to be debated. Their passage would put an end to a legal void under which this principle is not recognised at the federal level but is, in theory, in 31 states that have so-called shield laws. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Severe weather outbreak winding down after dozens of tornado reports

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Thursday was the fourth straight day of severe weather throughout much of the U.S., a period during which 38 tornadoes were reported across six states — 18 in Kansas; five each in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa; four in Missouri; and one in Arkansas.The severe weather is calming down from earlier in the week, and the system is sliding off to the east where it may bring harsh conditions on Friday. Strong to isolated storms are moving toward Dallas, Waco and Austin Friday morning, with strong winds and hail threats. Heavy rain is moving out of Wisconsin, although some of the storms could bring flash flooding to the Milwaukee area.As the system moves off into southern Canada, cooler air behind it will clash with the record-breaking heat in the Northeast, which poses a slight risk of severe weather in areas such as Pittsburgh, Scranton and Syracuse. Damaging hail is possible. The regions most likely to see severe weather are northern Pennsylvania and New York state.By early afternoon, the cold front begins to tap into the summer-like heat, with discrete cells moving through the western Great Lakes. Storms will move across the Appalachians during the early evening, reaching cities from Washington, D.C., up through Boston after sunset.Record highs from Thursday:New York City, 92Newark, 94Hartford, 94Atlantic City, 93Philadelphia, 91Trenton, 91Friday will be another hot day in the Northeast, with high temperatures from Virginia to New Jersey again passing 90 degrees. New York City and Hartford, however, are unlikely to top 90 again, decreasing the chance of an official heat wave.Behind the cold front, temperatures will slowly cool off, with much of the Northeast seeing conditions 20 to 30 degrees cooler on Sunday than Friday. Meanwhile, a push of warm air in the Southwest means an excessive heat watch has been issued for Phoenix, which will near triple digits — as will Las Vegas by Sunday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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