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Some serious new developments to tell you about concerning the Colorado movie -- shootings while the media are focused on the capital murder case.
Against James Holmes for the horrific massacre in -- last July.
Another court proceeding is taking place in the same courthouse.
Reporter John a winter.
-- faces possible jail time unless she reveals to the court confidential source for an important story she broke concerning a notebook.
The James Holmes allegedly authored.
Let's talk about it -- -- power is a Daily Beast columnist both are Fox News contributors we should also note.
-- Judy has some familiarity with this area having spent 85 days in jail.
For refusing to give up her own sources so let's let's go back to this summer the massacre happened on July 20 -- four days later.
John a winter broke a tremendous story about how the psychiatrist.
Who had been treating James Holmes.
Receive this notebook in the mail.
That showed all kinds of drawings of you know somebody shooting up a theater that kind of thing right she wrote that story up.
And nobody to this point has come forward to say -- yeah I told John a winter about that note.
Exactly and that's what this is all about John.
So far the court has been investigating the prosecutor's been investigating.
Fourteen different law enforcement people searching for John -- source.
And because they haven't been able to find who was that -- turn this information.
Supposedly against the judge's gag ruling.
They've gone after her and they're saying you have to tell us who your source was or you're going to go to jail I -- believed struck Hundley.
Even if I hadn't been to jail myself that this is a choice no journalists should be asked to make.
That there is a shield law in Colorado and I want to put up for our viewers on screen some of the some of the relevant points because the shield law.
Can be dropped supposedly -- the information.
Relates to a substantial issue.
If it cannot be obtained by any other means and maybe this is the most critical one.
If the interest of the party seeking the information.
Outweighs the first amendment rights of a reporter at a public and the public's right to now won't won't Judy back to you again.
Who decides that well that's -- is exactly the problem with the judge.
Often is the person who in effect to -- -- -- -- and she can appeal that ruling but ultimately.
She risks going to jail for honoring her commitment to her sources not to reveal their identity.
And this is the problem with what they call a qualified.
To protect your sources as exists in California and Colorado but not in New York by the way if John -- white.
Winter -- in New York she would be totally covered by the New York shield law.
Here's -- that this is a case in which James Holmes.
Attorneys offered a guilty plea I mean there's not a question here as to whether he did this right.
Are we digging for information.
As to how she got information suggesting that he did.
To intimidate people so -- the future they won't share information with journalists and so.
Since they can't get anybody to admit that there were the one who gave the information that you're trying to go after the journalist.
And then -- the what that would mean is that she was somehow forced to give up her information I assume she probably won't she probably would -- -- Than in the future nobody would talk to -- so it's the government abusing their power to try to keep people from talking to journalists.
We are going to continue to keep an eye on this story obviously we here at Fox News have a very personal interest in -- we will let you know what happens.
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