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Appeals court denies rehearing in journalist case

October 16, 2013

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a ruling that requires a journalist to identify a source who disclosed details of a secret CIA operation.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against New York Times reporter James Risen in July. The full appeals court voted 13-1 to deny Risen’s petition for a rehearing Tuesday.

Prosecutors want Risen to divulge the name of his source when he testifies at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling is a former CIA agent charged with leaking classified information.

In its 2-1 ruling, the appeals panel said Risen has no more right than any other citizen to refuse to comply with a subpoena that’s issued in good faith.

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