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Court of Appeals — New York’s Shield Law: Holmes v. Winter

New York State Court of Appeals

New York’s Shield Law

Subpoena — Out of State Court

Holmes v. Winter
No. 245
Judge Graffeo

Background: The petitioner was charged with multiple counts of murder after a mass shooting in Colorado. The petitioner sought a subpoena in a New York court directing a New York reporter to appear in a Colorado court to disclose the names of confidential sources or face being held in contempt of court.

Ruling: The Court of Appeals held that New York’s Shield Law provides an absolute privilege that prevents a journalist from being compelled to identify confidential sources who provided informaiotn for a news story.

Christopher T. Handman for the appellant; Daniel N. Arshack for the respondent