Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Case: Free Press Under Attack

Published on April 5, 2013

Colorado is one of many states with Shield Laws protecting reporters from being forced to reveal their sources. In Colorado, there are circumstances in which the Shield Law may not protect a reporter from divulging to a court information or its sources. One of these circumstances is that the information has to be directly relevant to a substantial issue in the case.

Wait, what?

The item at the center of the Winter debate is a notebook that has been ruled inadmissible.

I simply cannot wrap my head around the idea of how this case against a journalist is proceeding and Jana Winter is facing up to six months in jail for not revealing her sources when the defense team for James Holmes already said that Homes would plead guilty if the State did not seek the death penalty.

Its ok to admit that you’re guilty if you’re not going to die but since you didn’t get your way, you’ll take down anyone else standing nearby? The defense attorneys are really not much different than Holmes himself, are they?

I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.

2013-01-14_10.17.35-2 (1)Stephanie Bertorelli is a publicist and author living in Charlotte, NC. She’s the mother of two girls that she’s raised to say thank you to all officers and soldiers they meet and who also know that they better get the tissues ready for mom when the National Anthem plays. With a passion for sparkly shoes and vintage green dresses, she spends her free time (what free time?) writing, perfecting new recipes and trying out new wines.

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