Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his onetime chief of staff, Christine Beatty, have lost their bid to keep private un-redacted copies of hundreds of text messages they exchanged on city-owned equipment, the Detroit Free Press reports:
Reporter's Privilege | Feature | February 26, 2009
February 26, 2009
Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, who has refused a court order to identify his sources in a 2004 article, has been ordered by a federal judge to give a second deposition in the case of a former federal prosecutor who is suing the U.S. Justice Department.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is questioning whether prosecutors are targeting a reporter, who has been charged with obstructing police while covering a story, in retaliation for her "long, distinguished history of exposing government irregularities and corruption," reports The Michigan Messenger.
At a hearing today in federal court in Detroit, a judge delayed ruling on whether to hold Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter in contempt for refusing to reveal confidential sources, the paper reported.
In court papers filed Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino called reporter David Ashenfelter’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment, in an attempt to keep from having to reveal his confidential sources, both “speculative” and “unreasonable.”