An Arizona Republic editor must turn over all his documentation about interviews with a Catholic priest relating to the 2014 murder of another priest, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled, the Republic reported March 10.
Reporter Dennis Wagner’s story tells of editor John D’Anna, who published two pieces about the murder of the Rev. Kenneth Walker that included accounts of d’Anna’s interview with fellow priest Joseph Terra — Terra was assaulted in the same Phoenix rectory where Walker was found murdered — must surrender all communications regarding the interviews, Judge Peter Reinstein ruled.
Reinstein explained that murder suspect Gary Michael Moran’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial by an impartial jury is superior to D’Anna’s First Amendment rights to protect sources, according to Wagner’s story. D’Anna currently serves as vice president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona Inc.