September 20, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times

Patch reporter Joseph Hosey must give up the source of police reports about a grisly murder he covered or face jail, Will County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Kinney ruled Friday.

SouthtownStar/Sun-Times reporter Casey Toner reported on Twitter that one of the attorneys pressing for this ruling told the court “he didn’t think ‘any legitimate journalist should fear the outcome of this.'”

Hosey has 180 days to give up his source, Kinney said. He’ll be fined $300 per day as well. The report had ghastly details like two of the accused murderers purportedly confessing to having sex on top of the bodies of their victims.

Previously: Patch will appeal judge’s order to turn over confidential source

Correction: This post originally misspelled Toner’s last name.

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