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    Kevskos, mikejay611

    Have you noticed how the one group who consistently believe that reporter's rights are more important than everybody else's is reporters themselves?  Conflict of interest much?

    Most lawyers understand that there are exceptions to the attorney/client privilege. If the issue is fully and fairly litigated and the final authority rules that the privilege does not apply in a certain case most attorneys would respect the ruling.

    If it were me I would adopt a shield law that was stronger or weaker depending on a couple of things. Did the disclosure advance the public's right to know and public accountability or was the leak to a reporter designed to evade, not advance, public accountability?  Did the source have a credible threat of retaliation from government or industry worthy of protection?  The more it looks like Daniel Ellsberg the more protection. The more it looks like Scooter Libby the less protection.

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