Student Who Witnessed Murder Trying To Use Journalism Shield Law
from the this-seems-odd dept
The student was acting as a photo journalist, as part of his senior project, documenting the life of the guy who was shot and killed. His lawyer points out that part of the reason for such shield laws is so that reporters can observe and report without becoming a part of cases as witnesses. However, some would argue that's really meant for reporters who are investigating the details of a crime, not those who witnessed the crime in action. On top of that, there's the issue that, if the student does provide info to the police, his own life would be put in danger as well. I'm a big supporter of shield laws for journalists, and understand what the student is doing, but wonder if a judge might use this case to puncture a hole in those shield laws.