Channel 5's Williams told to release documents in libel case

Friday, January 13, 2017, Vol. 41, No. 2

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville television reporter has been ordered to hand over documents from his investigation of a district attorney.

The Tennessean ( reports a judge in Nashville on Friday ruled WTVF-TV reporter Phil Williams must release the documents as part of District Attorney Glenn Funk's pending libel lawsuit against him.

Williams published a February 2016 story based on depositions and quoting text messages from a developer who had faced criminal charges by Funk that were later dropped.

Funk's lawyers hope to prove that Williams acted with malice.

Williams attorney Ron Harris argued against releasing