Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Judge Rules Former Reporter In Contempt, Imposes Fine

U. S. District Judge Reggie Walton has found former reporter Toni Lacy in contempt for failing to disclose the identify of sources who leaked information to her about Dr. Steven Hatfill. Dr. Hatfill is suing the Department of Justice for invasion of privacy and defamation. Judge Walton refused to stay the order against Ms. Locy, ruling that she failed to show that she would be likely to prevail on the merits on appeal and that Dr. Hatfill would be irreparably injured by a delay. Judge Walton imposed a substantial daily fine which Ms. Locy is to pay personally, until she either complies with the order or until April 3, 2008, when she is to appear in court before Judge Walton. Ms. Locy seems likely to appeal. Here's more from the New York Times.

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