shield law

shield law
shield′ law`
n.
lawg a law protecting journalists from forced disclosure of confidential sources of information
Etymology: 1970–75

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • rape shield law — n: a law that prohibits or limits use of evidence (as testimony) regarding prior sexual conduct of an alleged rape victim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • shield law — noun Date: 1971 a law that protects journalists from forced disclosure of confidential news sources …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Rape shield law — A rape shield law in the United States of America and Canada is a law that limits a defendant s ability to cross examine rape complainants about their past sexual behaviour. The term also refers to a law that prohibits the publication of the… …   Wikipedia

  • rape shield law — noun a shield law designed to protect a person appearing in court to claim that they were raped from being questioned as to their own sexual history …  

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