Court rules reporter must testify in NH voter suppression case

by Steve MacDonald

Gibson Felony IndictmentThe Court has ruled that Nick Reid, a former reporter for the Concord Monitor, can be forced to testify in the voter suppression case of Carl Robert Gibson.

Gibson is accused of trying to suppress voter turnout by sending an email saying Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey was dropping out of a May 2015 special election. Gibson says the email was satire.

The court ruled Thursday that Reid was not protected from testifying in Gibson’s criminal case because the newsgathering privilege in the state constitution applies to sources that remain confidential.

Our thoughts on Gibson’s exploits are well documented, here, here, and here.

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