Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Justices won’t make reporter to testify on sources

This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is returning to court as his lawyers challenge possible trial testimony about computer analysis and data. A judge is set to hear arguments about the issue beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire on a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an effort to force a television news reporter to reveal her sources for a story about the suspect in the mass shooting that left 12 people dead in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.

The justices did not comment Tuesday in leaving in place a decision by New York’s top appellate court that shielded Fox News reporter Jana Winter from being called to testify in a Colorado court. Winter is based in New York.

Lawyers for suspect James Holmes wanted Winter brought to Colorado to name two law officers who told her Holmes had mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. The lawyers said the sources violated a judge’s gag order and won’t be credible as trial witnesses.

Source: AP

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