In the case against the accused shooter James Holmes, of the Colorado Dark Knight Rises shooting in July 2012, the judge overseeing the case subpoenaed a New York Fox News reporter to appear in court over an article she wrote in regards to the case.
Holmes’ attorneys requested the reporter, Jana Winter, to appear in a February 4 hearing to question her about the sources of her story and ask her to share her notes with the court.
Fox News reporter, Winter, would not be legally required to attend the hearing unless a New York judge also wants her to appear in court. Additionally, Holmes’ attorneys said they would pay for her travel costs as a complimentary service.
What compelled Holmes’ attorneys to summon Winter in court was the fact that she wrote an article providing information on Holmes’ activity with his psychiatrist. According to the Denver Post, “Winter wrote a story in July about a notebook Holmes sent to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado. Winter, citing two unnamed law-enforcement sources, reported that the notebook contained violent drawings and details about a murderous plot.”
In a motion requesting a judges approval convincing Winter’s appearance in court, Holmes’ attorneys wrote, “Identifying the law enforcement sources who leaked this information to the media is an issue of serious and material importance to the case.”
Prosecutors later determined that there was no official proof that law enforcement officials were actually responsible for the leak of information.
The Denver Post also said that Holmes was charged with “166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes for the July 20 attack that left 12 dead and 58 more wounded by gunfire. According to a source who spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity, Holmes told his psychiatrist that he fantasized about killing “a lot of people.””
Brandon Williams, a soon to be graduate of Full Sail University’s Show Production bachelor program stated, “I agree with Winter wanting to protect her source for their confidentiality rights.”
Williams went on to say, “But from the outside looking in, Winter could also be lying about having a source that was a law enforcement official. How do we know what is the truth?”