Is a Criminal Contempt Charge Looming for Judith Miller?
Timing is important. Yesterday, the New York Times ran an editorial supporting jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller. As if arguing to the Judge, the paper declared that Miller should be freed, because if she hasn't talked by now, she isn't going to talk. Under the civil contempt statute, the Judge may release an imprisoned contemnor if satisfied that the person won't talk, no matter what.
Judith Miller's lawyers have not filed a motion seeking her release. Miller attorney Floyd Abrams appeared on CNN's Lou Dobb's show yesterday. He denied that Miller was acting out of self-interest or for any reason other than her principled stand that journalists' sources must be protected.
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