Several journalism organizations are criticizing a judge's decision to find a suburban Chicago reporter in contempt for not disclosing how he obtained confidential police reports.
Joe Hosey is a reporter for the AOL news website Patch. On Friday, Will County Judge Gerald Kinney fined him $300 a day for not revealing who leaked him the documents about a double murder. Kinney said if Hosey doesn't disclose the information within 180 days he could go to jail.
The Illinois News Broadcasters Association called Kinney's decision "a slap at the First Amendment."
The Chicago Headline Club and the Society of Professional Journalists expressed "undaunted support" for Hosey.
An attorney for a defendant in the murder case filed a motion to determine how Hosey got the reports.
Hosey's attorney plans to appeal.
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