James Holmes' defense team will ask Supreme Court to intervene in Jana Winter case

Associated Press

Lawyers for accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to compel Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal a source, the Associated Press reports.

The defense wants reporter Jana Winter to identify the law enforcement officials who told her that Holmes sent a notebook containing violent images to his psychiatrist before the 2012 attack.

Holmes’ lawyers say whoever spoke to Winter violated a gag order and should be punished. They also say that officers might have lied when they denied under oath being Winter’s sources, undermining their credibility as potential trial witnesses.

Winter has been fighting the request by Holmes' attorneys since last year. Last December New York's highest court said Winter could not be compelled to testify in Colorado. A Colorado legislator's recent attempt to strengthen his state's shield law went nowhere.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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