Fox reporter Jana Winter cites panic attacks over Holmes' attorneys push to make her reveal sources
Last Updated: 157 days ago
AURORA, Colo. - Fox News reporter Jana Winter says her journalism career is suffering and she is "paralyzed with fear" because of attempts to force her to reveal her sources for a story about Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes.
Winter's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to quash a subpoena for her testimony about her sources, saying Holmes' lawyers haven't shown the information is necessary.
In an affidavit filed with the motion, Winter said many sources have stopped talking to her because of the subpoena, derailing stories on a national security investigation, breaches in a major military program and about Holmes' strained family relationships.
"The subpoena has also caused me extreme emotional anxiety," the reporter says in the affidavit, adding that she is suffering from nightmares and panic attacks.
"In my career, I have had a gun pointed to my head, been caught in the middle of gunfire, and been chased with an electric chainsaw. I do not scare easily, and this is the first time in my life that I have been paralyzed with fear," Winter said.
For months, Winter said she has received harassing phone calls at all hours. "Because my home address was publicly filed (in court records) by defense counsel and remains posted online by Holmes' supporters on numerous different blogs and social media accounts, I...still do not feel safe in my own home," she added.
Winter said the legal battle has limited her ability to care for an ill family member and she may not be able to attend her closest childhood friend's wedding where she's supposed to be the maid of honor.
"My peace of mind, my home life, my closest friends, and my family have all been turned upside down by this subpoena," the reporter stressed.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Century 16 theater in Aurora in July 2012.
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