“The Arizona Supreme Court on (July 25) dismissed a case against an Arizona Republic reporter after a 19-month legal battle in which the newspaper argued that he did not have to turn over his unpublished notes from

David Bodney, partner, Ballard Spahr LLC, Phoenix

an interview with a crime victim,” The Arizona Republic reported July 26.

The reporter in the story was John D’Anna, who serves as vice president of the First Amendment Coalition of

Arizona Inc. His and the Republic’s attorney, David Bodney, is a coalition board member. The Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a decision in favor of D’Anna and the newspaper rendered by the Arizona Court of Appeals.

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