Kevin Ellis reports:
Attorneys for Michael Mead had sought to force The Gaston Gazette to reveal information that could have been used to help reveal the identity of an anonymous commenter on the news organization’s website.
But Superior Court Judge Calvin Murphy ruled Tuesday to nullify the request, siding with The Gaston Gazette that such information remains protected by the First Amendment and state’s journalism shield laws.
This marked the first such ruling in North Carolina courts, said attorney John Bussian, who represents The Gaston Gazette.
Read more in the Gaston Gazette.