Judge Grants Motion To Quash High Profile Murder Defendant’s Subpoena To Reporter

Mandell Menkes appeared on behalf of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press for ruling on Chicago reporter Jamie Kalven’s motion to quash a subpoena issued by former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers in pending first degree murder proceedings. Kalven’s Slate Magazine story “Sixteen Shots” (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/laquan_mcdonald_shooting_a_recently_obtained_autopsy_report_on_the_dead.html) revealed a police cover-up surrounding the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald by Van Dyke. Kalven’s story set in motion an investigation that revealed the existence of police dash-cam video that contradicted official police reports that McDonald had “lunged” at officers, and ultimately led to the firing of police chief Gerry McCarthy.  Van Dyke subpoenaed Kalven seeking “reports and/or information [Kalven] received regarding [the Van Dyke shooting incident] and when he received it.”   The court granted Kalven’s motion to quash Van Dyke’s subpoena, noting that the subpoena was “not sufficiently specific and seeks irrelevant and privileged material.”  Here is a copy of the order.