Subpoena for Modesto Bee editor quashed
The Modesto Bee successfully fought a subpoena that would have required Editor and Senior Vice President Mark Vasche' to testify as a defense witness in the trial of former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino. Judge Franklin Stephenson quashed the subpoena in Stanislaus County Superior Court on May 9. San Francisco media lawyer Karl Olson represented The Bee in court. Frank Carson, Sabatino's attorney, had filed the subpoena in early May. Sabatino is charged with 10 felonies stemming from suspected misuse of the mayor's office and alleged theft from employees at his former restaurant. Vase he' was attending a regularly scheduled meeting with Sabatino and Modesto's city manager when investigators served search warrants and seized materials from the mayor's city hall office. Carson sought to question Yasche' about that day's events as well as other knowledge he or the paper had of the investigation. Olson cited California's shield law in successfully arguing for the subpoena to be quashed.
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