Judge Defers Ruling on Fox News Reporter

Judge Carlos Samour Jr. will defer his ruling on if Fox News reporter Jana Winter will have to testify in court about her sources. As we noted yesterday, Winter had broke a story about a notebook the Aurora, Colorado killer James Homes had sent to a psychiatrist.

Holmes’ defense team was trying to get Winter to testify and thus reveal her sources for the book, and the judge was expected to make a decision on that matter tomorrow. Instead, Fox News reports that Samour Jr. deferred, saying that he won’t decide on the issue until he has ruled if the notebook will be permitted as evidence.

Winter, to her credit, was determined to accept a jail sentence over divulging her sources. And because the notebook isn’t currently evidence, there’s a chance it could never be. This is clearly a small victory. Let’s keep our fingers crossed Winter never sees the stand.