Newsperson’s Shield Statute Protects Blogger From Subpoena

In one of the first cases of its kind in the nation, a New Jersey judge has ruled that a citizen journalist—an unpaid government watchdog who functions as a journalist—is protected from a prosecutor’s subpoena under the state newsperson’s shield statute. Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy issued the ruling that protected blogger Tina Renna, represented by Bruce S. Rosen and Katie Hirce, from having to submit her unpublished materials to a prosecutor she had criticized in her blog. The April 12, 2013 decision can be found here, and a news account of the decision here.

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