Thursday, January 12, 2006

Score one for the media

Not only did a Texas judge refuse a district attorney's request to force a Houston TV station to turn over unaired video footage, but in so doing he lamented the erosion of constitutional protections for the news media, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Ever since the Constitution was issued, it's been chipped away at," District Judge Mark Kent Ellis said at Tuesday's hearing on television station KPRC's motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the video. "I'm sympathetic with the needs of a press to be free."

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