Lubbock Senator succeeds in new protection for news outlets - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/09

Lubbock Senator succeeds in new protection for news outlets

By James Clark | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As of now, news reporters in Texas have new protection in doing their jobs.   Wednesday Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 670.  

It gives news reporters a qualified privilege to not reveal sources when called upon to testify in criminal cases.  The privilege is not absolute.  There are circumstances when a reporter can be compelled to give up names.  

State Senator Robert Duncan of Lubbock played a key role in getting these new protections for Texas news reporters.

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