I previously noted that the creationists in Dover, PA, wanted to read reporters’ notes from public meetings.
Judge John E. Jones III ruled that lawyers for the Dover Area School District board can interview the reporters but cannot have access to their notes and e‑mails pertaining to two school board meetings in June 2004.
Lawyers representing the school board had sought the materials, contending the reporters’ stories were false and biased against the school board. However, Jones, who privately reviewed the documents, said the materials were not important to the case and did not reveal bias against the school district.
This is a victory for journalists.