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Tech Investor Pishevar Wants Journalist Source Disclosed About London Sexual Assault Controversy

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 10 – Tech investor Shervin Pishevar through his lawyers was in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 10 pushing Fast Company journalism Marcus Baram to give up his confidential sources.

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   From the beginning of the oral argument before SDNY Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron, Pishevan's lawyer Lucas Bento was limited his request to just the name and location of what he called Confidential Source-1.

   But shield laws generally prevent such discovery, which would put a chill on investigative reporting. At issue here was a report that Pishevar not only was arrested on allegations of sexual assault in London, but paid to make them go away.

    A source offered Baram what purported to a police report. It is now described as a falsified police report. Bento, checking his smart phone, added that the London Police say there are not arrest reports. But Judge Aaron has asked that by week's end he disclose whether Pishevar and his solicitor were given any document around the time of the arrest.   

Judge Aaron expressed doubt about Baram only half disclosing the cold water than London Police threw on the allegation at the time. He asked for three page letters, also by week's end. He declined to stay his decision until the side re-confer, saying if they reach an agreement before he rules, fine, but that he intends to rule.  
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The case is In Re Application of Shervin Pishevar for an Order to take Discovery for use in foreign proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782, 19-mc- 503 (Koeltl / Aaron).  


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