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US Supreme Court Allows Prosecutor to Search Reporters' Phone Records

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled to allow government prosecutors to search through telephone records of reporters to determine the source of leaked information about a terrorism investigation.

The court's action, taken Monday, gives U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald access to the phone records of two former New York Times reporters, Judith Miller and Philip Shenon.

Stories written by the reporters in 2001 revealed the government's plan to freeze the assets of two Islamic charities: the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation.

The government seeks to know the identity of the reporters' source or sources. Press freedom advocates argue reporters should be able to keep the names of sources confidential.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.