The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Miller/Cooper, Baltimore Sun fail in court
A note for my files (both decisions are fully covered elsewhere).
First, a fractured, if not fractious, panel of the DC Circuit agreed (PDF) on one thing about Judith Miller's and Matthew Cooper's claim to privilege in respect of their Valerie Plame sources: they don't have one . A judicial chick-fight is always fun - and strangely most of those addicted to the hair-pulling and face-scratching seem to be male!
(Next stop: an en banc re-hearing, I suppose.)
Then District Judge Quarles tossed on summary judgement the Sun's claim that Governor Erlich's no fair barring of two of its hacks from receiving non-public information from his administration infringed the rag's First Amendment rights.
Pundits warn of the danger that a loss at the Fourth Circuit - or, worse, with the Supremes - would make the plight of journos worse than if the suit had never been brought.
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