Journalistic Privilege or Obstruction of Justice?

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Vanessa Leggett says that because she's writing a book on a Texas society murder, she enjoys a journalist's legal protection for notes and sources. The district attorney insists she's illegally concealing notes that could condemn or exonerate a suspect. The writer is in prison while the courts decide not just what protections a journalist has, but who can claim such privilege. We ask what constitutes a journalist, and weigh journalistic privilege and responsibility with Leggett's attorney, a former Whitewater deputy counsel, and sympathetic voices from the media. (New York Times reporter Jim Sterngold guest hosts.)
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