Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hearing Postponed for Fox Reporter

Jana Winter

The Colorado judge who will decide whether a Fox News reporter must reveal news sources or face possible jail time has deferred that decision to a later date.

District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. ruled that the issue facing FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter is not "ripe" for a final decision. In his order, released late Monday, he wrote that he will not rule on requiring Winter's testimony until he first decides on whether a notebook mailed by James Holmes to a psychiatrist will be admissible as evidence in Holmes' murder trial.

The ruling comes amid court hearings where Holmes is accused of murdering 12 people and injuring 58 in a July 20, 2012, shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

Winter broke an exclusive story revealing that prior to the shooting Holmes had sent a package to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that included a notebook "full of details about how he was going to kill people," one source said.

The Holmes defense team accused the government of violating gag orders that Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester had issued in the days following the shooting, and his lawyers asserted that the disclosures violated Holmes' right to a fair trial.

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