Saturday, January 31, 2009

From NYT to cvilleweekly

This post laments the subpoena served on my good friend Waldo Jaquith by my good friend James Creekmore in connection with some case, and here is the Motion to Quash filed by Waldo himself, and here an outline by Conrad Shumadine from Norfolk says this on the state of the law of a reporter's privilege in Virginia:

"Courts have adopted a three-part test to determine when the qualified privilege attaches. The test balances (1) whether the information is relevant, (2) whether the information can be obtained by alternative means, and (3) whether there is a compelling interest in the information. Clemente v. Clemente, 56 Va. Cir. 530 (Arlington 2001); Philip Morris Co. v. American Broadcasting Co., 36 Va. Cir. 1, 18 (Richmond 1994); Hatfill v. New York Times Co., 459 F. Supp. 2d 462, 466-67 (E.D. Va. 2006); Hatfill v. New York Times Co., No. CIV.A. 1:04CV807 CMHL, 2006 WL 4500031, at **3-4 (E.D. Va. Nov. 3, 2006)."

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