This week, Through the Gates talks with freelance journalist Jamie Kalven, who successfully fought a subpoena to name sources in his 2015 story “Sixteen Shots.” Kalven also gave a talk in Franklin Hall, which was sponsored by the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies and the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
Kalven’s piece challenged the official police version of the 2014 shooting of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald. Lawyers for the officer charged with McDonald’s murder, Jason Van Dyke, filed the subpoena to force Kalven to testify.
In December, Cook County judge Vincent Gaughan said Kalven did not have to testify about his reporting. Gaughan wrote that upholding the subpoena would be “nothing more than a fishing expedition.”
Through the Gates is a joint project from The Media School, the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, and IU Newsroom. Media School dean James Shanahan is one of the hosts of the series.