Detroit newspaper must turn over files that could ID source

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DETROIT — A judge has ordered the Detroit Free Press to turn over any documents that might identify the source of a story about a federal prosecutor in 2004.

Federal Judge Robert Cleland also ordered the newspaper yesterday to make someone other than the reporter available for a deposition.

Richard Convertino says his privacy was violated when a Justice Department ethics probe was disclosed to a reporter. He’s pursuing the identity of the leaker as part of his lawsuit against the government.

Free Press attorney Herschel Fink said the newspaper would comply with the order. He refused to comment about the content of any documents.

Reporter David Ashenfelter won’t name his source, invoking his right against self-incrimination. The newspaper has said only that Ashenfelter knows the source.

Convertino no longer is a prosecutor.

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