A federal judge in Birmingham has ordered Sports Illustrated to turn over the names of its confidential sources in the Mike Price story. The order was issued Monday by District Judge Lynwood Smith.
He ruled that Alabama's law protects newspaper, television and radio reporters from being forced to disclose their sources but does not extend to magazine reporters.
Price sued the magazine over its article about his behavior at a topless bar and hotel in Pensacola, Florida. His suit came after he was fired as Alabama's football coach because of his actions on the trip.
Price attorney Stephen Heninger had sought the names of the sources in Price's $20 million libel suit against the magazine. He calls the 18-page order a major victory.
A Sports Illustrated spokesman said the company attorneys were studying the opinion to determine what action is appropriate.
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