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Freedom of Press #24969

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 19, 1973
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(Studio) Supreme Court refuses to rule in case of reporter Peter Bridge who went to jail 20 days on contempt charges for refusing to answer grand jury questions.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Baton Rouge, LA) Larry Dickinson, reporter for "State-Times", and Gibbs Adams reporter for "Morning Advocate", refuse to obey judge's order not to report details of hearing in open court Both reporters held in contempt and fined $300. Appeals court rules judge's order unconstitutional, but lets contempt charge stand. Assistant United States attorney argues order from bench must be obeyed until set abide by higher court [Publisher Doug. MANSHIP - says reports published because hearing was open to public.] [ADAMS - says prior restraint of publisher involved. Judge's action clearly unconstitutional.] [DICKINSON - says unfair to be penalized for being right.] Judge E. Gordon West refuses to discuss case.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank

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