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Torres noted that Channel 10 broadcast the secret videotape in February 2001 although [Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald R.] Lagueux had ordered lawyers to keep the tape confidential. Torres said the "protective order" was meant to ensure a fair trial for Frank E. Corrente, the top Cianci aide shown in the video accepting a cash bribe, and to avoid compromising a grand jury investigation of Cianci, who was indicted two months later and eventually convicted of racketeering conspiracy.
Torres cited the U.S. Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Branzburg v. Hayes, which held that a journalist has no First Amendment privilege to refuse to disclose the identity of a confidential source to a grand jury investigating a crime when that information is relevant to the investigation.
Originally posted by dubiousone
Sandge, I don't see how the Branzburg v. Hayes decision is relevant.
June 21, 2004 A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejects every argument made by Taricani's lawyers, upholding the civil contempt finding and the $1,000-a-day fine. They cite the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case of Branzburg v. Hayes, which rejected the contention that reporters have a First Amendment right to refuse to answer "relevant questions put to them in the course of a grand jury investigation or criminal trial."
Originally posted by Kidfinger
Can you here it? I can hear it. Its comming in the distance. Real quiet now. *in a far off whisper* Seig hiel! Seig Heil!
Originally posted by slank
FredT, didn't you support Bush?
What are you expecting?
Originally posted by FredT
Yes I did, however, this issue had been decided before the election and the judge If I recall was a Democratic appointee.
In 1987, President Reagan appointed Torres to the U.S. District Court on the recommendation of Republican Sen. John H. Chafee, and in 1999 he became the District Court's chief judge.