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FITSNews Wins Source Protection Ruling

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South Carolina circuit court judge William P. Keesley has issued his long-awaited ruling in a source protection case involving this website and its founding editor, Will Folks.  Readers will recall Folks risked jail time by refusing to reveal his confidential sources in connection with an ongoing libel case brought by a former state lawmaker.

In his order (.pdf), released late Monday, Keesley declined to jail Folks, declined to fine him and even declined to find him in contempt of court.

Translation?  We won on every count …

We’ll be doing a full story on this ruling momentarily, and will be publishing a statement from our founding editor.

Stay tuned …

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UPDATE …

Here are our founding editor’s thoughts on the matter.

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