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Judge finds Time reporter in contempt for withholding sources for Plame leak

[JURIST] Chief US District Judge Thomas Hogan has held Time reporter Matthew Cooper in contempt for refusing to name his sources in the story that identified former ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife as a CIA agent. This is the second time Cooper has been found in contempt. The first contempt charge was vacated after Cooper agreed to provide limited testimony about conversations he had with I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Judge Hogan also found Time magazine in contempt and fined the publication $1000 a day. New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been found in contempt of court in the same investigation. Cooper and Miller will file a joint appeal. Judge Hogan ordered Cooper be jailed for up to 18 months but stayed the order until the appeal has been heard. Read the Cooper article here. The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at the latest contempt ruling. The Washington Post has more.

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