Charges Dropped Against Reporter Who Questioned HHS Secretary Tom Price

HeadlineSep 08, 2017
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In West Virginia, prosecutors have dropped charges against journalist Dan Heyman of Public News Service, who was arrested in May while questioning Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Heyman’s arrest inside the West Virginia State Capitol came as he pressed Price about whether domestic violence would be categorized as a pre-existing condition under the Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill. Heyman was charged with “willful disruption of state government processes.” He told reporters he was relieved after Thursday’s decision to drop charges, saying, “Facing six months of jail time for asking a question as a journalist was pretty troubling.”

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