Thursday, May 12, 2005

Shield law fails to protect Montana reporter

When Chery Sabol, a reporter for the Kalispell, Mont., Daily Inter Lake, was subpoenaed to testify in a sex-crimes case she has been covering, Montana's shield law failed to protect her, according to a report by New West. Although the state has a strong shield law, the judge in the case refused to quash the subpoena, saying that because Sabol was named as an "informant" in the case by the Kalispell Police Department, the shield law does not apply.

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