TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 2, 2014

A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid today to get the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources. Without comment, the justices rejected an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen to revisit the court's 42-year-old ruling that has raised questions about journalists' ability to shield confidential sources. Risen detailed a botched CIA effort during the Clinton Administration to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. Federal prosecutors want to force him to testify about his sources in the trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of disclosing government secrets. ABC News has the story.