Friday, March 9, 2007
Court-ordered mediation in the case of jailed journalist Josh Wolf (left) has failed, Bay City News reports. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero said in a brief order in the case of Josh Wolf, "A settlement conference was held; the case did not settle." The mediation was ordered last month by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, the judge who found Wolf in contempt for refusing to surrender a videotape of an anarchist protest he shot during which a San Francisco police officer was assaulted and a police car torched. Alsup wrote that he ordered the procedure "in the interest of reaching a resolution satisfactory to both sides." Wolf sold portions of the video to KRON and KTVU, but has refused to release the entire tape to prosecutors, saying it would make him a spy for the government.
Posted by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club at 12:02 PM