CHEYENNE, Wyo – A Wyoming newspaper is trying to prevent one of its reporters from being forced to testify about a bank robbery suspect she interviewed.
U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson is scheduled to hold a hearing on the issue in Cheyenne Thursday.
Jackson Hole News & Guide reporter Emma Breysse interviewed Corey Allan Donaldson, who is charged with robbing more than $140,000 from bank in Jackson. She reported that Donaldson told her that he robbed the bank so he could give money to the poor.
Newspaper publisher Kevin Olson says forcing her to testify would have a chilling effect on newsgathering.
Wyoming Press Association executive director Jim Angell notes that Donaldson issued news releases detailing his "Robin Hood" defense and questions the need to talk to a reporter about it.