Feb 15, 2005

Blogger's Privilege?

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that reporters from The New York Times and Time magazine must testify about their confidential sources (who leaked undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity) before a federal grand jury. So there's that, which is interesting. Also of interest, bloggers were dragged into the picture.
Displaying significant concern that a common law privilege could be invoked by anyone claiming to be a "blogger," Sentelle wrote a separate concurring opinion declining to adopt such a privilege, and wrote that only the U.S. Supreme Court is empowered to do so.
So it looks like people will not be able to hide behind or blame blogging for at least one particular form of jackassery going forward. Unless of course it goes to the supreme court and then we can all watch on the teevee!