Reporters Want Phone Calls Barred
11 reporters whose phone calls to Modesto murder suspect Scott Peterson were recorded by authorities have asked to listen to those tapes. The reporters may try to bar their conversations from being used as evidence by invoking laws that protect reporters´ unpublished notes.
Attorney Duffy Carolan says journalists are protected by state and federal laws from revealing unpublished notes. She says interviews caught on wiretaps should be granted the same protection as attorney-client conversations.
Prosecutors say they will not oppose the request at a June hearing. More than 65 people received notice this week that their phone calls had been intercepted on a wiretap of Peterson´s phone. Peterson is charged with murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son.