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6:25 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Journalists in Colorado may get legal help protecting their sources after a New York reporter was pressured to divulge sources of information in the 2012 theater shootings.

A bill introduced this week would elevate the legal standard on which a reporter can be compelled to reveal sources. It would also delete a current provision in Colorado law that says information being sought in the case can outweigh First Amendment interests.

Republican Sen. Bernie Herpin introduced the bill because of Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter. Lawyers for theater shooting suspect James Holmes wanted Winter to name sources who told her Holmes mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist.

A New York court ruled Winter did not have to reveal her sources. Herpin's bill is modeled after New York's law.

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