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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The California Shield Law does not protect news reporters if they are compelled to testify about their observation of public events, a state Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Thursday.
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May 4, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court held unanimously Thursday that news reporters may be required to testify in criminal cases when a defendant's right to a fair trial is at stake. The high court, ruling in a widely watched test of the California news media shield law, sought to strike a balance between competing constitutional rights. Both sides in the case claimed qualified victory.
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October 28, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, in a pivotal test of the "newsman's shield law," agreed Thursday to decide whether journalists can be forced to disclose unpublished information they acquire covering an event that occurs in public. The justices, in brief orders, announced they would hear two cases that could determine the scope of protections for reporters that were enacted into the state Constitution by the voters in 1980.
NEWS
October 28, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court, in a pivotal test of the "newsman's shield law," agreed Thursday to decide whether journalists can be forced to disclose unpublished information they acquire covering an event that occurs in public. The justices, in brief orders, announced they would hear two cases that could determine the scope of protections for reporters that were enacted into the state Constitution by the voters in 1980.
NEWS
May 4, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court held unanimously Thursday that news reporters may be required to testify in criminal cases when a defendant's right to a fair trial is at stake. The high court, ruling in a widely watched test of the California news media shield law, sought to strike a balance between competing constitutional rights. Both sides in the case claimed qualified victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1987
A Times intern photographer was cited for contempt Thursday when he refused to answer a question while testifying in Long Beach Municipal Court, but an indefinite jail sentence and $100-a-day fine were stayed pending an appeal. Judge Elvira S. Austin cited Roberto Santiago Bertero a day after Times reporter Roxana Kopetman spent several hours in a courthouse lockup after a similar contempt citation.
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December 10, 1987 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Times reporter was cited for contempt and jailed for several hours Wednesday after she refused to answer a question in Long Beach Municipal Court concerning an arrest she witnessed while preparing a story on a police task force. Roxana Kopetman, a reporter in The Times' Long Beach bureau, spent about six hours in a courthouse lockup before she was released on a writ of habeas corpus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1987 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Times reporter was cited for contempt and jailed for several hours Wednesday after she refused to answer a question in Long Beach Municipal Court concerning an arrest she witnessed while preparing a story on a police task force. Roxana Kopetman, a reporter in The Times' Long Beach bureau, spent about six hours in a courthouse lockup before she was released on a writ of habeas corpus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1987 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, ruling that the state Constitution protects journalists from being cited for contempt, overturned charges Wednesday against a Los Angeles Times reporter and an intern photographer. Judge Aurelio Munoz dismissed contempt citations against reporter Roxana Kopetman and photographer Roberto Santiago Bertero, who had refused to testify in a criminal case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1988
In June, 1980, the voters of California enacted a state ballot proposition that gave constitutional protection to a right already afforded journalists by statute--the right to say no to judges and other authorities who might try to force them to disclose their confidential sources or to reveal unpublished information gathered on their beats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The California Shield Law does not protect news reporters if they are compelled to testify about their observation of public events, a state Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Thursday.
NEWS
February 7, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case presenting a sharp conflict of competing rights, the state Supreme Court heard a robust debate Tuesday over whether reporters may be forced to testify about events they witness but do not include in news stories. The justices peppered the opposing sides with questions in a dispute that could resolve major questions about the extent of protections under the reporter's "shield law"--and how they must be balanced with the rights of the prosecution and defense to witnesses' testimony.
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