NY Times reporter fights subpoena to testify about interview

A New York Times reporter is fighting a subpoena to testify at a pretrial hearing about a jailhouse interview.

Frances Robles says the prosecutors' subpoena violates New York's shield law protecting journalists.

She interviewed Conrado Juarez. He's accused of killing a toddler known as Baby Hope, whose body was found in 1991.

According to The Times (http://nyti.ms/1QeKaN0 ), state Supreme Court Justice Bonnie G. Wittner said Tuesday that the testimony would meet the legal test of being "critical or necessary" and impossible to obtain elsewhere.

She postponed a final ruling because of concerns about the scope of the cross-examination.

Attorney Michael J. Croce is trying to have Juarez's confession thrown out. Croce said he would question Robles about every aspect of her interview, including things Juarez said that were never published.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com