Reporters called to testify at Hankton hearing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two New Orleans journalists are scheduled to testify about a 2012 meeting they had with federal agents before publishing an article about convicted killer Telly Hankton.

Gordon Russell and John Simerman are among witnesses expected at a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

At issue is a 2012 story published by Nola.comThe Times-Picayune that said investigators were poised to charge Hankton in a racketeering case.

The story was published days before a grand jury indicted Hankton and others. Attorneys for the defendants say grand jury secrecy was violated and the indictment should be thrown out.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman rejected requests by the newspaper to block the subpoenas of Russell and Simerman, who now work for The New Orleans Advocate.

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