TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Prosecutors want to question a newspaper reporter about a criminal case involving a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

They asked a judge Thursday to force Florida Times-Union reporter Matt Dixon testify about defendant Carletha Cole allegedly giving him a secret recording of her talking to Carroll's chief of staff. Prosecutors say that would violate state law, making Dixon an eyewitness.

The paper's attorneys asked Circuit Judge Frank Sheffield to block the subpoena, saying prosecutors can get the information elsewhere. Under Florida law, journalists have limited protection from testifying in cases they are involved with professionally.

Sheffield said he needs more time before ruling.

Sheffield is also scheduled Thursday to consider Carroll's request that she not be forced to answer questions from Cole's attorneys.