Saturday, March 8, 2008

Judge Orders Reporter to Pay Fine For Refusing to Reveal Sources

A former USA Today reporter on Tuesday will have to start paying hundreds, then thousands of dollars in fines, out of her own pocket, for refusing to reveal sources.

A federal judge handed down the order Friday for defying a court order to reveal sources she used in articles about the U.S. government's investigation into anthrax attacks in 2001.

Starting at midnight on Tuesday, Toni Locy will have to pay $500 a day for a week, followed by $1,000 a day in the second week and $5,000 a day after that until she reveals the names of nearly a dozen sources she used in her stories, according to a contempt order filed by Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton. [Click for MORE]

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