New York court: Reporter shielded in Colorado shooting case

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NEW YORK - Fox News reporter Jana Winter will not have to disclose her law enforcement sources thanks to a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals.

The full decision can be read here:

The court cited New York's shield law which protects journalist from revealing their confidential sources during newsgathering.

Three days after the theater shooting, Winter reported on the contents of a notebook James Holmes sent to his psychiatrist. Winter's report detailed the contents of the notebook, which included plans to carry out the shooting along with drawings.

In her report, Winter attributed confidential law enforcement sources.

Defense attorneys representing Holmes tried to find the source of the leak by questioning more than a dozen law enforcement officers in a Colorado courtroom.

Earlier this year, a lower New York court granted a subpoena application at the request of Holmes' defense attorneys who hoped to put Winter on the stand.

In this week's ruling, the New York Court of Appeals said the application should have never been granted because of the state's shield law.

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