shield law


Definition of shield law

: a law that protects journalists from forced disclosure of confidential news sources

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Recent Examples on the Web Still, questions persist among many Republicans — who have enough votes to block it — and among some Democrats about changing standards for what is called qualified immunity, which can shield law enforcement officers from civil litigation. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2021 McMaster also asked the Legislature to approve a shield law to protect the identity of drug companies that provide the state drugs to carry out the death penalty by lethal injection. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2021 Shain said that a shield law would give the state another tool to go to suppliers and tell them their identity would be protected. Mallika Kallingal And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 20 Nov. 2020 Another group of lawmakers said that a liability shield law is needed to protect government, schools and private businesses from frivolous lawsuits. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2020 During Pantaleo's trial his disciplinary records were not allowed to be released publicly due to the shield law. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 23 June 2020 Burke said police and judges violated state and federal laws, including Carmody’s right to due process and California’s shield law, which protects journalists from being compelled to identify sources. Megan Cassidy,, 18 July 2019 Unless journalists have obtained information illegally, California’s shield law allows them to keep their sources confidential and withhold unpublished information. Megan Cassidy,, 31 Mar. 2020 California’s shield law allows journalists to keep their sources confidential and protects them from search warrants. Bob Egelko,, 20 Aug. 2019

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shield law was in 1971

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“Shield law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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Legal Definition of shield law

: a law that prevents or protects against disclosure or revelation of information: as
b : a law that protects journalists from disclosure of confidential news sources


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