Secrecy & Leaks

James Risen Petitions For Rehearing En Banc, Media File Amicus Brief in the Fourth Circuit

By Raffaela Wakeman
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9:00 AM

Here's the New York Times reporter's petition for rehearing en banc in the case of United States v. Sterling.   It was filed yesterday.

Readers will recall that last month a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit concluded, in a 2-1 decision, that Mr. Risen had no First Amendment privilege against testifying in criminal case.  The panel thus compelled him to be a government witness in the prosecution of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who had once served as a source for Risen's reporting.

Also filed yesterday was this amicus brief in support of Mr. Risen's petition, by a plethora of media outlets.