State appealing decision on subpoenaing reporter Matt Dixon in criminal case against Jennifer Carroll aides

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Prosecutors will appeal a Leon County judge’s decision rejecting an attempt to subpoena a Florida Times-Union reporter in a criminal case against one of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll’s aides, the Times-Union reported Tuesday. Circuit Court Judge Frank Sheffield quashed the subpoena last month, saying prosecutors hadn’t proven that the information they want from Matt Dixon, the paper’s Tallahassee report, can’t be obtained from other sources.

Under a limited privilege granted to journalists, prosecutors are supposed to show that there are no other avenues for gathering evidence before they subpoena reporters. Carletha Cole has been charged with illegally sharing with Dixon a recording of a conversation with Carroll’s chief of staff.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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