Another Assault against the 1st Amendment
April 6, 2013, 8:19 am
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You can read the full story at Fox News. A Fox News reporter was sent from New York to Colorado to Report about the Aurora Theatre shooting. She discovered that a psychiatrist had received a notebook from the shooter which had all the information in it about his plans, even including drawings of stick figures shooting other stick figures. The defense team got all bent out of shape, even though they have the notebook, and Holmes has not denied the story, and has even intimated he would please guilty as long as the death penalty was off the table.

The defense team however, launched an investigation as to who released the information to the reporter, the now recused judge in the case even issued a subpoena in the case compelling the reporter to testify under penalty of prison time if she refused to name her sources. The first amendment to the Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The freedom of the press to garner information and to report that information is not to be abridged. This reporter was doing her job, she got information found her source to be reliable, and promised she would not reveal his/her name.

That is how reporters get information from informers, by guaranteeing them immunity by not releasing their names. It is a time-honored privilege that reporters have used to gather information so they may inform the people, you and I, about what is happening around us. This particular information not being made public, says that this man should never have gotten a firearm in the first place. It is the law that someone under treatment and found to be a danger to themselves or to others, must be reported to law enforcement and their name would be added to the data base that FFL holders use to do a background check before selling a gun to a customer. Holmes was not reported. The killers who do these things are criminals, but the people who are responsible to report them, should also be prosecuted for not reporting them, the are complicit in the crimes committed. The reporter did her job and informed the public of this set of facts in this case, and she is put on trial by a criminal justice system, that is a best corrupt. It does not seem to be able to go after the true criminals but rather wants to punish those who are doing a job they don’t want to do.

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