Category Archives: Subpoenaed reporters

Crying wolf on the ‘chilling effect’

The dual revelations, in rapid succession, also suggested that someone with access to high-level intelligence secrets had decided to unveil them in the midst of furor over leak investigations. Both were reported by The Guardian, while The Post, relying upon … Continue reading

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Bait and switch for press ‘freedom’

By Joel Thurtell Would some wise person in the media please explain to me how the government’s surveillance of The Associated Press’s phones translates into a new push for a so-called federal “shield” to insulate mainstream journalists from subpoenas? Somehow, … Continue reading

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Ashenfelter-Convertino: Essential reading

By Joel Thurtell A federal judge has ordered the Detroit Free Press to reveal the names of US Justice Department officials who illegally disclosed secret grand jury information about a former assistant US attorney, Richard Convertino. Convertino has sued the Justice … Continue reading

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Convertino case: Judge orders Free Press to name sources

By Joel Thurtell Former assistant US attorney Rick Convertino’s lawsuit against the US Justice Department is still alive, despite a federal judge’s decision to let a Detroit Free Press reporter, now retired, off the hook as a witness in the … Continue reading

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Kiriakou gets 30 months, Convertino snitches get a pass

By Joel Thurtell They say the Obama administration has gotten really tough with federal officials who leak government secrets to journalists. For proof, look at what happened to former CIA agent John Kiriakou. He revealed names of government operatives to … Continue reading

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That hole in their story, again

By Joel Thurtell According to the May 21, 2009 Detroit Free Press, five lawyers involved with last year’s Kwamegate text message scandal have been charged with violating the lawyers’ canon of ethics and some may even have committed crimes in a coverup. … Continue reading

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Judge ignores JOTR, but Convertino hears

By Joel Thurtell I was disappointed when U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ignored my advice that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the behavior of federal attorneys and maybe even the Detroit Free Press in producing a January 2004 … Continue reading

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Fixing Free Press A-C bias

By Joel Thurtell Normally, I’m not in favor of outsourcing, especially when it involves covering local news stories. How could reporters in, say, Bangalore, India have enough background, culturally and politically, to report accurately and concisely on an American news … Continue reading

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JOTR to judge: Appoint prosecutor in A/C

By Joel Thurtell The twists and turns in the case of onetime Alaska Senator Ted Stevens must be mind-boggling to Washingtonians. But the outcome there might also turn some heads in Detroit, if a federal judge here chose to do … Continue reading

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Not just my opinion

By Joel Thurtell Over dinner, an old friend who’s a journalist quizzed me about the case of David Ashenfelter, the Detroit Free Press reporter ordered by a judge to reveal the U.S. Department of Justice sources for his story that … Continue reading

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