Newspaper Seeks Ruling to Allow Appeal of Reporter Subpoena

ELKHART, Ind. (AP): An Indiana newspaper is asking a court to allow an appeal of a ruling that could require one of its reporters to testify in a murder trial.
 
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday on the efforts by The Elkhart Truth to prevent reporter Emily Pfund from being called as a witness at the trial of Freddie Rhodes.
 
Prosecutors subpoenaed Pfund's notes and recordings from an interview with Rhodes. Elkhart County Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker ruled May 5 that Pfund doesn't have to surrender the materials but could still be ordered to testify.
 
Indiana law typically allows appeals after a final judgment in a case. The newspaper says waiting until the trial ends could force it to choose between complying with a subpoena or being punished for contempt.