shield law

noun

Definition of shield law 

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

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Six months later, the Appellate Division overturned her decision, saying the shield law protected Ms. Robles. New York Times, "Court Ruling Means Times Reporter Must Testify in ‘Baby Hope’ Trial," 27 June 2018 Hartford police officers will don body cameras by the end of the year, a push by city leaders to boost transparency, protect the public and shield law enforcement officials from false accusations. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Council Greenlights Purchase Of Body-Worn Cameras For Police," 29 June 2018 In North Carolina, a 2016 settlement that included an NDA helped shield law-enforcement officials from scrutiny after a Harnett County prison inmate named Brandon Bethea died after being stunned repeatedly with a Taser by a detention officer. Ruth W. Grant, WSJ, "What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us," 29 June 2018 In February, lawyers for the gun companies argued in court that their clients can’t be sued for firearms used in crimes because they are protected under a 2005 federal shield law that provides gun businesses general immunity from civil lawsuits. Michele Gorman, Newsweek, "Orlando Shooting Puts Spotlight on AR-15 Rifle," 13 June 2016 Way back in 2006, Ars reported on a California state appellate court decision that found in favor of Apple-leaking sites—the company could not force them to reveal their sources, citing California’s journalist shield law. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked," 13 Apr. 2018 And within a few years, Congress would pass shield laws protecting gunmakers from being sued. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A gunmaker once tried to reform itself. The NRA nearly destroyed it.," 27 Feb. 2018 The shield law received some attention during the presidential primaries because independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders supported the legal protections for the industry, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton opposed them. Michele Gorman, Newsweek, "Orlando Shooting Puts Spotlight on AR-15 Rifle," 13 June 2016 Well, because there is no federal shield law that protects journalists from demands to reveal confidential sources, reporters can be subpoenaed — compelled to tell investigators who leaked classified information to them. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Sessions says he can’t ‘make a blanket commitment’ not to jail journalists," 18 Oct. 2017

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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shield law

noun

Legal Definition of shield law 

: a law that prevents or protects against disclosure or revelation of information: as

a : rape shield law

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

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