ABA: Did publication of Donald Trump’s tax return information violate the law?

Did the New York Times violate federal law when it published a story about Donald Trump’s 1995 income tax return?

Stories in the Washington Post, Slate and LawNewz.com raise the issue, but all of them report that the First Amendment would likely protect the newspaper.

The Times received three pages from what appeared to be Trump’s 1995 tax returns in the mail from an anonymous sender. The pages were from a New York state resident return, and New Jersey and Connecticut nonresident returns. The returns reported a $916 million loss in 1995 that would have allowed Trump to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.