Naval Academy sexual assault case: Footage sought

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for CBS and CNN told a military judge they shouldn't have to turn over unaired portions of interviews the networks did with a woman at the center of a sexual assault case that involved three U.S. Naval Academy football players.

Defense attorneys for the one former player currently facing charges in the case want the footage, arguing it is relevant to their preparation for his trial, scheduled for March.

But the networks' lawyers argued at a hearing Tuesday in Washington that the footage is irrelevant and duplicates already available material. The lawyers also argued that as journalists their clients shouldn't have to turn over material gathered in the course of their reporting.

The military judge overseeing the case did not rule at the end of the arguments.

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