Reporter Switches Lawyers in Plame Appeal
Time Reporter Matthew Cooper, appealing the civil contempt of court ruling against him in the Valerie Plame investigation for refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena asking for information about his sources, has hired a new lawyer - ultra-conservative, former Solicitor General Ted Olson. New York Times reporter Judith Miller is staying with First Amendment guru Floyd Abrams.
Why the switch? The reporters' case is about to be filed in the Supreme Court. Time and Cooper may think the Court is more likely to agree to hear the case if Olson is on board. The reporters lost in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, so the Supreme Court is the only thing standing between them and a jail cell - unless they decide to cough up the information sought by the Government.
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