To Leak or Not To Leak?

WaPo’s Marc Fisher

weighs in on comments made by former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines about lawyers who leak (oh, that doesn’t sound pretty).

Seems that Raines thinks most information leaks about ongoing court cases to the press come from lawyers, and Fisher seems to agree, saying, “As a reader, when I read some phrase such as ‘a source close to the situation’ or ‘a source involved in the negotiations’ or ‘a source who had firsthand access to the principals,’ I assume–and I pretty much know–that the information came from the lawyers working on whatever case I’m reading about.”

Does that mean reporters today will be headed for the closest copy of Martindale-Hubbell today to bolster their story output?