Ruling stands in dispute over reporter's sources

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge won't change a decision that allows a Detroit newspaper reporter to assert a Fifth Amendment right to protect unnamed sources. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland said Tuesday he'll stand by his ruling made last April.

David Ashenfelter of the Detroit Free Press has refused to say who helped him with a 2004 story about a federal prosecutor, Richard Convertino.

Convertino, now in private practice, wants to know who in the government leaked information about an ethics investigation about him. He wants the identity of Ashenfelter's sources for his civil lawsuit against the Justice Department.

Ashenfelter and the Free Press insist the reporter broke no law. But he has cited a right against self-incrimination in refusing to name sources.

Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2010