Fort Lauderdale Reporters Dodge Subpoenas in Donald Trump Case

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By: Joe Strupp

Subpoenas for two reporters from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, which had been issued by an attorney in a civil lawsuit involving Donald Trump, have since been withdrawn, the newspaper reported Thursday.

Reporters Sally Kestin and Paula McMahon had been subpoenaed by lawyers for Richard Fields, an ex-employee of Trump whom the developer is suing, claiming Fields misrepresented himself as a Trump associate, the paper reports. Fields allegedly sought to use a connection to Trump to arrange a casino deal with the local Seminole tribe.

Fields’ attorney wanted Kestin and McMahon to testify about how they learned of a subpoena issued earlier in the case for Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne. The reporters learned of that subpoena, which also has been withdrawn, a day before it was filed in July, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

But recent sworn statements filed by Trump’s legal team resolved that issue, according to Michael Moskowitz, Fields’ lead attorney, the paper reported. Trump lawyer Robert Reardon and one of his employees revealed how they talked with Kestin the day before the Jenne subpoena was filed, the paper reported.

Sun-Sentinel lawyers had fought the subpoenas in court filings, the paper reported, saying that a state shield law protected the reporters. “It is always unfortunate when private litigants seek to use reporters for their own private purposes, and that’s exactly what we think occurred here,” said David Bralow, a Sun-Sentinel lawyer.

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