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subpoena

(sŭ-pē′nă)
A court order that requires a person to come to court or appear at a specific time and place to give testimony. Failure to appear can result in punishment by the court.
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When the Reporters Committee surveyed 1,042 news organizations in 1989, 4,408 reporters said they had been served a subpeona. Though another survey will not be conducted until 1992, Kirtley says she believes such court activity has increased in the last 18 months.
The authors point out, for example, that CIA Director William Casey was "dead and thus beyond the reach of any mortal subpeona" and that administration officials were "snookered" by "fast-fingered merchants schooled in steamy street bazaars " The tragic Bud McFarlane "yielded [the words] one by one, as if he were giving birth to each;" his suicide attempt was an effort to "accelerate his mortality." But nowhere would writer's block have been more welcome than in their chapter on Fawn Hall.
Verizon Motion to Squash Subpeona Seeking Identity of Internet User is Denied, COMPUTER & INTERNET LAW., July 2003, at 32.