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Friday, September 22, 2006

S.F. reporters to be jailed for not revealing leak - Baseball - MSNBC.com
There's so much not right about this story it's absolutely frightening. Firsties, does Bonds expect us to believe this: "The Chronicle reported that Bonds told the grand jury that he believed he was using flaxseed oil and arthritic balm, not steroids, supplied by trainer Greg Anderson, one of five defendants convicted in the BALCO scandal." And second, why are we waiting until almost 2007 for this: "In August, White ruled his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court precedent that said no one — journalists included — was above the law and may refuse to testify before a federal grand jury.

"Chronicle executive vice president and editor Phil Bronstein said the case highlighted the need for a federal law to protect journalists from having to reveal confidential sources.

" 'It’s a tragedy that the government seeks to put reporters in jail for doing their job,' said Bronstein, standing with the two reporters outside the courthouse after the hearing.

"A bipartisan bill currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee would give reporters protection from revealing their sources in cases that involve federal authorities. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have media shield laws already in place."

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