By Lawrence Hurley
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by a man facing trial for a high-profile mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater in 2012 over his lawyers’ attempt to force a Fox News reporter to testify.
The court’s refusal to hear James Holmes’ appeal leaves intact a December 2013 New York Court of Appeals ruling that said reporter Jana Winter did not have to disclose details about her sources.
Holmes’s lawyers wanted Winter’s testimony concerning her reporting on the shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people were killed.
The attorneys say the information disclosed to Winter by law enforcement officials about material Holmes wrote in a notebook jeopardized their client’s chances of getting a fair trial. A local judge had earlier issued a gag order prohibiting information about the notebook being made public.
Holmes, who faces a total of 166 felony charges, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The case is Holmes v. Winter, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-1096
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and W Simon)
Trump baselessly accuses Democratic lawmaker of ‘violence’?? in insane tweet
President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”
“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”
It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.
Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry
Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.
Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.
Trump warns media ‘treading in very dangerous territory’ for reporting bad poll numbers
President Donald Trump hurled new warnings at the news media for reporting damaging stories and negative poll numbers.
The president's approval rating was measured at 43 percent by two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and polls continue to show him losing to various Democratic challengers.
Trump insisted Monday that his "new internal polls" show the strongest support he's had so far, and also complained that unfair media coverage kept his approval ratings low -- and he retweeted those claims with a new threat against the media.
The LameStream Media is far beyond Fake News, they are treading in very dangerous territory! https://t.co/J60JgSFhcx