The Press: Reporting for Court Duty

"The way things are going," remarked a newsman in Manhattan, "reporters will soon have to preface an interview with the caution, 'You have the right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present. Anything you say may be taken down and used in evidence against you.' "

The newsman was only half joking, for there is a growing and disturbing inclination among U.S. prosecutors and defense counsel to use reporters' films, tape recordings and even notes as evidence in court cases. In Chicago, particularly, it has reached the stage where some newsmen might well wonder whether they are members of...

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