Monday, April 9, 2007

Josh Wolf case 'a huge misunderstanding'

Josh Wolf's "jailing looks like a huge misunderstanding, in which prosecutors assumed, incorrectly, that Wolf possessed relevant evidence, while Wolf believed, erroneously, that he had a responsibility to go to jail even if he had no relevant evidence," says Peter Scheer. Scheer (pictured) -- a lawyer, journalist and executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition -- asks in a Chronicle op-ed whether Wolf's imprisonment for 7 1/2 months was necessary.

The Chron also gave space to Wolf, who argued for a federal shield law:
    [Chronicle staff writers Mark] Fainaru-Wadu and [Lance] Williams could have just as easily been in my place at FDC Dublin. There are no protections afforded to journalists in the context of a federal grand jury. The debate over who qualifies as a journalist can wait, but we need a federal shield law now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with Deb Saunders of the Chronicle very often, but she hits the nail on the head with this --
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/04/05/EDGEBOS7F51.DTL