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The Reporters Committee filed a friend-of-the-court brief and helped recommend local counsel to blogger KC Johnson after Duke University subpoenaed his interview notes from stories posted about rape allegations against student lacrosse players. The university eventually dropped its subpoena request. (Read the story here.)
Wrote Johnson: "This reversal of fortune — from the seeming inevitability of my involuntarily turning over confidential, unpublished exchanges with hundreds of sources to Duke withdrawing its subpoenas facing a ruling that likely would have tarnished the university’s reputation nationally — testified to the impact that the Reporters Committee had on my case, and confirmed the high quality of the legal representation they helped me obtain. I am very, very grateful."