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Watergate Case / Freedom of Press #221192

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 19, 1972
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(Studio) Across nation 13 newsmen involved in contempt of court actions for refusing to disclose confidential information 14th newsman, John Lawrence, bureau chief Los Angeles "Times", briefly jailed for refusing to render tapes of unpublished interview with government witness in Watergate bugging
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Federal Judge Sirica orders Los Angeles "Times" to produce tapes of interview with Alfred Baldwin. "Times" lawyers argues this would have chilling effect on news coverage in future. William Bittman, lawyer for Howard Hunt, says needs tapes to check courtroom credibility of Baldwin. John Lawrence refuses to produce tape. Sirica finds Lawrence in contempt and jails him. Appeal will be heard tomorrow morning.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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