A Colorado reporter defies and fights a judge's order to return court documents


Late last month, a Colorado judge made the remarkable decision to order Justin Wingerter of BusinessDen to return documents the reporter legally obtained through an open records request and to destroy any electronic copies he might have.

But the journalist, who reports on white collar crime and litigation, wasn’t having it. And he’s fighting back in court, arguing through an attorney that the judge’s request is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Furthermore, he has published a story relying on the documents in question.

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