Fox News Reporter Threatened with Jail

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By Chris O'Shea Comments

Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter, is staying silent. And for that, she could face up to six months in jail. After the Aurora, Colorado shooting, Winter broke a story that the murderer —  James Holmes — had sent a notebook to a Univesity of Colorado psychiatrist “full of details about how he was going to kill people.”

As Fox News reports, because Winter isn’t revealing her sources for the notebook, she is facing time behind bars. Holmes’ defense attorneys were unsuccessful in their attempts to get Colorado law enforcement agents to admit that they were Winter’s source, so now they’re going after Winter.

On April 10, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. will issue a decision about Winter testifying in court. Although Colorado’s “shield law” protects journalists from being incarerated for refusing to divulge sources, it does allow judges to force a reporter’s hand if prior attempts to unveil the source’s identity have failed.

Winter’s lawyer said that she will not divulge the source’s identity if put on the stand.