Reporter must testify.

A reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune will have to testify as a defense witness in a court-martial, a military judge ruled Monday.

In his 12-page ruling military judge Cmdr. Kevin O’Neill rejected Rogers’s attempts to assert a First Amendment-based reporter’s privilege and protection under the California shield law. O’Neill said he did not need to answer the question of whether a First Amendment-based privilege exists in military court or whether California’s shield law applies because the privilege would be overcome anyway in this case.

Reporter ordered to testify at court-martial.

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