The Cincinnati Enquirer is appealing a judge’s order that two reporters turn over their notes from jailhouse interviews with accused murderers Liz and David Carroll Jr. Judge Robert P. Ringland gave the order Tuesday after prosecutors claimed that the notes are “highly relevant” to Liz Carroll’s trial on murder charges in connection with the death of her foster son. The journalists also might be ordered to testify in the murder trial in common pleas court, prosecutors said.
The reporters have been threatened with incarceration. An attorney for the paper asked the judge to consider whether prosecutor Don White had a “knee-jerk reaction” to Enquirer stories about the Carrolls and acted in retribution toward the reporters. Reporters Sheila McLaughlin and Eileen Kelley were served with subpoenas Monday by the prosecution. Stories they wrote about the Carrolls appeared in Sunday and Monday editions of the newspaper.