CIA leak trial turned spotlight on process of gathering news

first_imgNews organizations are considering dramatic steps. In a time of declining print advertising revenue, newspapers are confronting the prospect of million-dollar fines, hefty legal fees and jail time if they resist subpoenas. For example, reporters might be asked not to store sensitive notes on company computers and to use disposable phones if necessary to protect a source. There are limits. Jane Kirtley, a media ethics professor at the University of Minnesota, said reporters should have flexibility to negotiate deals with sources regarding “background” and “off-the-record” discussions – or risk not getting information at all. Spelling out explicit terms with sources beforehand could scare off whistleblowers, she said, if reporters are essentially forced to issue a “Miranda warning – that anything you say I may need to cough up so I won’t go to jail.” Media advocates say what may be needed is a federal shield law protecting journalists from disclosing confidential information in court. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have such laws, but there is no federal protection. Until then, the Poynter Institute’s Clark said reporters will simply have to find ways to survive. “However bad we may look on a particular day, once the gears of the sausage machine are revealed, I hope people realize that journalists don’t have to be perfect in order to be responsible,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nearly a dozen of Washington’s best-known journalists took the stand during the five-week trial to recount confidential interviews. Most of them testified unwillingly, under court order. Only 13 media subpoenas had been granted in the previous 15 years involving confidential sources, according to the Justice Department. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald obtained waivers from several government officials that released journalists from their confidentiality promises, a tactic that media advocates say is coercive and chilling on potential whistleblowers. After the verdict Tuesday, Fitzgerald defended his decision to subpoena journalists, saying it was necessary because Libby was falsely claiming that he had learned about Plame from reporters. Fitzgerald also suggested that prosecutors wouldn’t hesitate to order reporters into court again. “Questioning reporters should be a last resort in a very unusual case, but what people should realize is that we never take that off the table,” he said. “This was a case where that was appropriate,” Fitzgerald said. “Talking to reporters proved a lie.” WASHINGTON – The Libby conviction, based on journalists’ testimony, is forcing the rapidly changing media to re-examine how they can gather news without getting hauled into court. White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty Tuesday on four felony counts of lying about his role in exposing undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame. He could face up to 25 years in prison. The case was hard on the news media, too. “The trial has demystified the priestly practices of Washington journalism,” said Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, a school and resource center for working journalists. “I think we’ll see prosecutors going after journalists more often.” last_img read more

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Benefit for local youth seriously injured in motorcycle accident Saturday

first_imgHe reportedly lost control of his motorbike in the air when taking a jump at excessive speed and took a hard landing on the ground. A benefit dance is being held this weekend to try and raise funds to help with the many challenges he now faces on a daily basis. Taking place Saturday, June 22 at the Legion, there will be a silent auction, draws, and a midnight dinner. Tickets cost $20, and donations will also be accepted.- Advertisement –last_img

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Trojans not dominant selves

first_imgThe announced crowd of 90,917 got its victory Saturday night, but it wanted a more emphatic performance. And it was not lost on the Trojans, who tried to explain why they didn’t earn many encores from their zealous followers. “All the jitters you get out in the first game is hard stuff,” linebacker Thomas Williams said. “Yeah, we practice against the best every day, but with the lights, the crowd cheering, the TV, it’s tough.” All-American offensive tackle Sam Baker said fans expected a more lopsided score because the opponent was Idaho, but needed to consider other factors. “A lot of people think we should win big, but we were really unsure what they would come out with defensively because they had a new coach,” Baker said. Maybe the uninspired result was attributed to the fact there did not seem to be the intensity of a normal game week around USC last week. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Neither the fans nor the players are satisfied with a 38-10 victory over Idaho. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER Before USC even finished beating Idaho, 38-10, fans were restless inside the Coliseum. USC coach Pete Carroll praised certain aspects of the Trojans’ initial effort, but also found plenty of little errors to point out. “We didn’t shut down the run as well as we’d hoped,” Carroll said. “I was really disappointed that we turned the ball over three times. It’s a bad start for us in that regard.” Carroll also criticized the secondary. “It was like the guys were stretching to make things happen,” he said. And he acknowledged the defensive line did not pressure the quarterback enough, a recurring problem last season. “There were four or five times where we were just short of making something happen,” Carroll said. But enough about the defense. The offense was more than culpable. Quarterback John David Booty struggled and admitted, “we had times where we played like we expected, and times where we didn’t.” Even highly touted Joe McKnight did not enjoy a smashing debut, with a fumble and 26 yards rushing in six carries. Carroll blamed the pregame buildup involving the nation’s top tailback recruit. “I thought he got through it,” Carroll said. “He seemed tired to me.” McKnight and the rest of the Trojans get two weeks to massage their bruised egos. But USC should need a much better effort against Nebraska. “Nebraska runs the football, there’s a big emphasis on that,” Carroll said. He is curious to watch how Huskers quarterback Sam Keller, a transfer from Arizona State who nearly beat USC two years ago, is used in the offense. “We get to look at them two games to see how they use Sam,” Carroll said. ETC.: Tailback Broderick Green will undergo surgery Tuesday on a stress fracture that likely will sideline him for the season. … Cornerback Josh Pinkard underwent an MRI that detected a problem in his knee, but doctors are not sure what the problem is yet. Pinkard, who did not play against Idaho, will rest a few days to see if his knee continues to bother him. … Linebacker Brian Cushing sprained his ankle but said he believed it was a low-ankle sprain and would only sideline him a few days. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TRANSFER LATEST! West Ham turn attention to £10m-rated Toulouse striker

first_img1 Wissam Ben Yedder in action for Toulouse West Ham are ready to turn to Toulouse star Wissam Ben Yedder as they continue their search for a new striker.The Hammers are desperate to land a forward this summer and the club have already failed with a number of approaches for different targets.Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette turned down an offer from them in June, while a deal for AC Milan hitman Carlos Bacca has stalled.And now, according to RMC, the Hammers are ready to make a move for Ben Yedder instead.The 25-year-old, who bagged 23 goals last season, is available for around £10m and several other clubs are interested too.Leicester City are keeping tabs on the Frenchman, while Lazio and Real Betis are also willing to meet Ben Yedder’s asking price.last_img

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva in ‘advanced talks’ over move to Trabzonspor

first_img Lucas Leiva 1 Liverpool’s experienced midfielder Lucas Leiva is in advanced talks with Turkish side Trabzonspor, according to reports.The 30-year-old Brazilian, who has spent ten years at Anfield, is expected to leave this summer with first-team opportunities limited under Jurgen Klopp.Lucas made 24 appearances for the Reds last term but was used mostly off the bench and could well end his long-term affiliation with the Merseyside club.According to Turkish news source Haberturk, Trabzonspor are in advanced talks with the midfielder but there remain issues over his salary demands.The source claims Lucas has demanded £3million per-season but the Turkish club are only willing to offer £2.2m.If a compromise can be reached, it is likely that the transfer will go ahead and Lucas will complete his move to Turkey.last_img read more

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Uncle jailed for three years after horrific abuse of niece

first_imgA six year old girl drew a picture of an erect penis to explain to her family how she had been abused by an uncle on a number of occasions.The girl was indecently assaulted on a number of occasions in the kitchen, sitting room and toilet of his home in the 1980s. The man, who cannot be named to project the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault when he appeared for sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The court heard how the allegations only came out when the girl was taking part in ‘horse play’ with other young family members.The girl has said how, when her skirt was innocently lifted up, that “that’s not as bad as what happened with me and XXXXXXXXXX.”Her parents chatted to her about what had happened and she drew a picture of an erect penis and revealed what had happened to her.The family went to a local priest but he advised them not to try and move on for the sake of the family.No official contact was made with Gardai and the court was told that the abuse happened in the 1980s before reporting guidelines were in place.The accused was confronted with the allegations by the girl’s parents in 1984 but he denied al the claims.However, the victim suffered a psychotic episode in 2009 and later in 2014 reported the incident to Gardai.Detective Sgt Michael Galvin told the court that he interviewed the accused man but after initially denying the allegations, he admitted that some incidents had taken place.The man, who was in his 30s at the time, admitted claims that he had asked the girl to masturbate him.However, he denied claims by the girl that he had forced the girl to ‘kiss his penis.”He also denied that he had offered the girl lemon curd sandwiches and sweets after the incidents to keep the assaults a secret.He estimated that the assaults took place between five and eight times but stopped thereafter.A lengthy and touching victim impact statement was read to the court on behalf of the girl who told how she was now trying to come to terms with her abuse.She said she had been on an incredible journey of healing through anger and depression and had discovered that the “truth will set you free but first it will kick your ass.”The victim, who decided not to come to court, then said she would accept whatever judgement the court decided to hand down to the accused.She also said that she hopes her abuser realises what he has done to her.“For me the best possible outcome is that XXXXXXXXXX comes to realise the impact of his choices. I hope he finds a true sense of responsibility for those choices,” she said.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said the incidents had thorn the families apart but that apart from this incident, he had been hard-working throughout his life and was accompanied by his wife who had always stood by him.Judge John O’Hagan said this was a very sad case.However he said the persistent denial made by the uncle and the age difference between the victim and the perpetrator put this in the mid range of seriousness of cases.He said he had allowed the victim to live with guilt, anger, shame and fear.“She has had to endure this alone and throughout. She was clearly being made out to be a liar. Uncle XXXXXXX is telling truth and not you.“The one fear that children have coming to court is that they won’t be believed. This adult world of ours brings a terrible insecurity to a child,” he said.“He was a father himself. What would he do if he discovered one of his children was being abused? He is unlikely to stay quiet about it. It shows that he knew what he was doing was very wrong,” he said.He also paid tribute to the victim and the articulate victim impact statement.He sentenced the man to five years but he suspended the last two years of each sentence meaning the man will serve three years in prison.He also placed him on the sex offenders register.Uncle jailed for three years after horrific abuse of niece was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalINDECENT ASSAULTlast_img read more

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World Cup Dream Team – Eight transfers to make for the quarter-finals

first_img 9 9 6. Paulinho (Brazil) – £3million 5. Fagner (Brazil) – £2.5million 9 1. Harry Kane (England) – £6million 9 Speaking of cheap, if you’re having money trouble you might want to take a punt on Swedish forward Toivonen. He scored against Germany earlier in the tournament and hit their winner against France in qualifying. He’s the man for the big occasion and could be the Allen key to your side’s success. And an ex-Sunderland flop knocking England out sounds about right. 3. Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) – £1.5million Tottenham Hotspur fans are still scratching their heads about this man but he could bring them joy if they whack him in their Dream Teams XI. He’s due a goal and could really do a job on the Belgian midfield, who are likely to be outnumbered by Brazil’s. If they leave the roaming Barcelona star he might end up on the end of a cross or two. 9 9 With Neymar spending 14 minutes on the floor during the World Cup, so far. Flying wing-back Meunier might just punish his laziness. All the rolling around won’t help Brazil if he can’t pin back the Paris Saint-Germain star, who will attempt to gallivant down the flank and fire in crosses to Romelu Lukaku. If you thought Neymar had the worst barnet at World Cup 2018, you haven’t watch the Genoa star in action. Another attacking full-back, he’s been brilliant since coming into the team, and is well on the way to earning a summer transfer. He could be a brilliant cheap option as you try to get some superstars in your team. 4. Lucas Hernandez (France) – £2millioncenter_img When a player is getting comparisons with Pele you know it’s time to throw him into your Dream Team. His pace had Argentina scared stiff and caused Marcos Rojo to give away a penalty in the round of 16. He’s also netted three goals and may become the first person ever to make Diego Godin panic. 9 But who do you need to bring in to replace them? See our top Dream Team transfer picks below.8. Kylian Mbappe (France) – £3.5million Monsieur of the dark arts, thanks to Diego Simeone, the marauding left-back hasn’t scored a goal like Benjamin Pavard but he’s got more Dream Team points than the curly-haired Stuttgart star from full-back. 9 England are into the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Colombia on penalties. 2. Ola Toivonen (Sweden) – £1million It’s okay, you aren’t the only person who had never heard about him before the World Cup, even if a football hipster is crowing about his three games at PSV Eindhoven. He’s amassed 24 points so far and will start every match they play due to Danilo’s injury. 9 7. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) – £3million We’re into the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals over in Russia so now it’s time to make more changes to your Dream Team.One way or another, you’re likely to have had some of your players eliminated, especially with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo now out What are we saying? It’s coming home. And Harry is the man carrying it all the way with his penalties. What more reason do you need? You can hear every World Cup 2018 quarter-final match live on talkSPORT.last_img read more

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TIP O’NEILL AWARD PRESENTED TO US GOVERNOR

first_imgGovernor Brian Scweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. Photo: Clive WassonAn American Governor was awarded the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this weekend in Buncrana.Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana received the prestigious award for work he has done to promote the interests of Ireland on the world stage. This is the second annual presentation of the award. A week of festivities in Buncrana surrounded the event.The family of Tip O’Neill were there on the night to present the award. They spoke fondly of Buncrana. “Coming here is like coming home,” said Tommy O’Neill. Speeches from John Hume gave the audience a warm sense of Tip O’Neill. Words from President Michael D. Higgins were read out by Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely.Upon receiving the award, Governor Schweitzer said, “This award means award the world to me; it is a wonderful honour to come back to Donegal and be presented with this prestigious award.”The Tip O’Neill awards are part of the Donegal Diaspora Project that reaches out to include anyone worldwide with a connection to the county.Nancy Scweitzer and Governor, Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Photo- Clive WassonAt the Tip O’Neill Award presentation are seated Pauline Ferry, Nancy Scweitzer, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Michael Friel and Josephine Friel. Back from left are Eamon Ferry, Dana Dawson, Adrian Friel, Aidan Quinn, Niamh Friel, Alan Friel, Anne Quinn, Colm Friel and Catherine Foley. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Peter McLaughlin, Caitlín Uí Chochláin and Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador. Back from left are Seamus Neely, John McLaughlin, Michael Grant, Leonard Roarty, Kevin Doherty, Sarah Meehan, Nicholas Crossan Michael Heaney and Seamus Canning. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, John Hume, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient. Photo- Clive WassonGovernor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient receives the award fromDinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht. Photo- Clive Wasson   TIP O’NEILL AWARD PRESENTED TO US GOVERNOR was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TAOISEACH STEPS IN TO TRY AND SAVE THE GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS

first_imgAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped in to try and save the Garth Brooks concerts.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped in to try and save the Garth Brooks concerts.Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke and the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council Owen Keegan are to meet tomorrow, to see if the five Garth Brooks concerts can still be staged at Croke Park.The meeting was requested by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who asked the Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey to see if the concerts could be salvaged. A spokesman for Mr Kenny said that if there was an opportunity to facilitate a positive outcome, the Government would certainly consider it.It comes after Garth Brooks told promoter Peter Aiken that if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and “nobody is being let down” then “we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin”.In a letter sent to Mr Aiken, the musician says his gear and crew are still en route, but if he is told “Garth, thanks but it is over”, he will bring them back to the US.Mr Brooks said to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. He wrote: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now”.Earlier, Ticketmaster released details of how to get refunds for the five cancelled concerts.Hundreds of thousands of fans were left disappointed yesterday when it was announced that none of the five shows planned for Dublin would be going ahead. TAOISEACH STEPS IN TO TRY AND SAVE THE GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ConcertsCroke ParkEnda KennyGarth BrooksTaoiseachlast_img read more

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Hart begins to feel more offensive

first_img “We wanted to show that, no matter what people are saying, we have an explosive offense that is capable of putting up points,” said Robbie Casselberry, the multi-purpose athlete who scored four touchdowns – two running and two receiving. Pettee passed for three touchdowns, accumulating 177 of his personal-best 233 yards in the first half. When Loyola drew within 27-20 with 5:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, it was again Casselberry who caught a short pass and made some nifty moves to the end zone on a third-and-18 play. Hart, usually one of the best offensive teams in the area, had been averaging just 22.3 points per game but came alive against a Loyola team that had been allowing 15. Hart coach Mike Herrington said he thought it was the first time Hart had ever scored more than 30 points against Loyola. The Indians took a 5-4 lead in the overall series that pits two teams rich in football tradition. “I think this is big to get the offense some confidence heading into league play,” Herrington said. “But, as we told the team, everyone starts even beginning next week.” After the defense carried a struggling offense to victories twice this year, the offense carried Hart for a change. “The defense had been holding us together in games,” Pettee said. “We need to help them out and do our job, and we did that this time.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 matthew.kredell@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Loyola made the game close by scoring a touchdown with 1 minute, 40 seconds remaining and then recovering an onside kick at the Hart 48. The Cubs drove to the Indians 28 but turned the ball over trying a sneaky slip draw play. Quarterback Henry Burge reached around to hand the ball and never got it in the hands of the runner as Jim Auten recovered for Hart. Hart (4-1) took a 14-7 lead at halftime on two long second-half drives. Pettee hit Casselberry on a screen pass for 12 yards to tie the game, then threw a perfect 35-yard pass in the end zone to Troy Yudin with 58 seconds left in the half. Loyola (4-1) tied the game in the third quarter but Casselberry again put the Indians in the lead with an 8-yard run. center_img For the first time this season, Hart of Newhall looked like the Indians of old. Playing his third game in place of the injured Tyler Lyon, quarterback Alex Pettee put the air back in the Hart offense Friday in a 34-27 victory over Loyola of Los Angeles at College of the Canyons. last_img read more

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