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HBO Rejects Subpoena for Footage

Apr 22, 2019  •  Post A Comment

HBO is refusing to turn over footage that has been subpoenaed. The pay-cable channel was subpoenaed last month to turn over outtakes from its 2017 documentary “Rock and a Hard Place,” The New York Post reports.

The documentary examines the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program for youths seeking to avoid lengthy prison sentences.

“The network was slapped with the subpoena by a lawyer representing former boot-camp corrections Officer Christy Laster,” The Post reports. “In 2016, Laster was arrested on felony charges including bribery for allegedly shaking down camp cadets, some of whom were part of the documentary. Her lawyer, David Braun, believes the footage could contain evidence of her innocence.”

Stephanie Abrutyn, a lawyer representing HBO, said in court documents that the footage falls within journalists’ privilege laws, calling the subpoena “a classic fishing expedition.”

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