Kirsti OrtegoProfessor FreemanMC 4090 Case 2-DJanuary 31, 2012WIS-TV Senior Reporter from Columbia, South Carolina Heather Hoopesreceived a call about a news worthy videotape. Directions were given to her that thetape could not be mailed or dropped off. The tape needed to be picked up from the
source’s home. With these distinct orders, the source also asked to remain
anonymous. Hoopes agreed, but still felt uncertain about retrieving the tape alone.
Hoopes brought her husband, Jim Matthews the local DEA head, to the caller’s home.Hoopes and Matthews are not aware of the tape’s footage when they go to receive it.
After reviewing the tape, she realizes it is a conversation between a murder suspect
and his defense attorney. In an effort to protect the arrested man’s rights, she only
shows the video and cuts the audio. After all of this occurs, the FBI began toinvestigate and attempt
to get the name of the video’s confidential source. This
cannot be obtained because Hoopes and the WIS-TV team are protected by the first Amendment. The FBI found a loophole, through her husband Matthews who waswith her upon the retrieval of the tape. FBI officials subpoenaed Matthews in efforts
that he will reveal the source’s identity. They were able to do this since the First Amendment did not protect him. Matthew’s lawyer
, along with the WIS-TV legalteam,
filed motions with the United State’s Distric
t Court asking that he not testifyagainst his will. Added to these motions were written pleas to Attorney General