The Press: Back to the Bar

Leonard Lyons, a lawyer before he turned Broadway columnist, last week stepped up to the bar in Manhattan's federal courthouse to clam a privilege that many a newsman has claimed in the past. The principle underlying his claim: the relations between a reporter and his various sources are confidential—or, as Columnist Lyons said, "Sacred."

Lyons was brought before Judge John C. Knox at the request of Emanuel Bloch, attorney for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, atom spies sentenced to death (TIME, April 16). The Government, said Bloch, was conspiring to break down Mrs. Rosenberg and get a "false" confession from her —and Columnist...

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