‘It’s Called The 1st Amendment’: Tenn. Lawmakers Rally Around Star’s Editor

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly took to X Friday to defend Tennessee Star Editor-in-Chief Michael Patrick Leahy, who was ordered to appear before Tennessee Chancery Court Judge l’Ashea Myles for a show cause hearing on Monday.

Myles issued the order after The Star published dozens of articles reporting on writings from a journal recovered from Covenant School mass shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale.

Leahy, who is also the CEO of Star News Digital Media, Inc. (SNDM), the parent organization of The Star, faces the court hearing amid a Tennessee lawsuit in which Leahy and SNDM are seeking to compel the full release of Hale’s writings, including those that have been called a manifesto, by the Metro Nashville Police Department.