NBC’s Investigative Reporter Won’t Have to Testify

By Justin Rood

Dec 4, 2007 11:00am

It looks like NBC News’ Lisa Myers is off the hook. In San Diego, U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns rejected a request to subpoena the investigative reporter, part of an apparent last-ditch effort by a convicted briber to beat his rap, according to the North County (Calif.) Times. Last week, the Blotter reported that Brent Wilkes, convicted on bribery and related charges stemming from the Duke Cunningham scandal, wanted to subpoena Myers and other reporters in relation to an alleged leak of grand jury information about him. According to Wilkes’ lawyer, the news stories ruined his client’s shot at a fair trial. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. Federal prosecutors had noted that none of the jurors had seen the stories cited by Wilkes. In his nine-page ruling, "Burns said he shared in concerns about the source of the leaks, [but] the leaks themselves did not justify dismissing the indictment delivered by the grand jury," the paper reported. A jury convicted Wilkes of bribery, conspiracy and fraud earlier this month. Cunningham, now in prison, told investigators Wilkes had bribed him with gifts and cash worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Wilkes has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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