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Holmes' attorneys contend that whoever gave Winter the information violated a gag order in the case. They asked the judge to require her to disclose her source.
Fox News reporter Jana Winter returns to the courthouse on April 1 to face Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester regarding evidence in the Aurora theater shooting in Centennial, Colo.(Photo: Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)
Following the massacre, which injured 70 others, Winter reported that an unnamed law enforcement official told her that before the shooting, Holmes had sent his pyschiatrist a notebook containing drawings depicting violent acts. Holmes' court appointed public defenders say the leaked contents of the notebook violate a gag order on the case.
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a confidential source who provided her information about the mental condition of Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes.
"We want reporters to provide us that information because we know that public institutions will not voluntarily reveal that they are guilty of a lapse," Paulson said. "This was a core function of a reporter under the First Amendment, reporting on people in power and telling the public exactly what they need to know.".
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"Jana Winter's reporting was important because it shed light on whether a public university had overlooked clear signals that the public was in danger. What could be of greater public interest than that?" he said.
"If I am forced to Omega Watch Book reveal the identities of persons whom I have promised to shield from public exposure, simply put, I will be unable to function effectively in my profession, and my career will be over," she said in an earlier court affidavit.
Fox News reporter Jana Winter isn't heading to jail at least not yet.
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Holmes offered to plead guilty in return for a life sentence without parole. His attorneys say he is mentally ill. Prosecutors rejected the offer and said they would seek the death penalty. A trial has been set for February 2014.
Ken Paulson, former editor of USA TODAY and president of the First Amendment Center, said Winter's reporting served the public interest.
But Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said Wednesday that he won't decide if Winter should be ordered to reveal her source until he rules on the notebook's admissibility as evidence. Winter could be jailed for contempt of court if Samour rules she must reveal the source and she refuses.
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in court filings that she would protect her source's identity and that such information is protected under state shield law.
Story HighlightsReporter Jana Winter refuses to name confidential source on James HolmesWinter had reported content of notebook Holmes sent to psychiatrist
Winter was in a Colorado court Wednesday facing contempt of court charges for refusing to reveal the name of a confidential source who gave her information about shooting suspect James Holmes' mental condition.
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