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Judge Delays Ordering Reporters to Jail

June 29, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An federal judge reluctantly granted a brief delay in ordering two reporters to jail for refusing to disclose their sources in the leak of a CIA officer’s identity.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said Wednesday that reporters Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine had both said they wouldn’t comply with the court’s order to reveal confidential sources.

Hogan said he would rule next Wednesday on the fate of Miller and Cooper, following courtroom arguments from lawyers for the reporters on why their clients should not be ordered to jail.

The judge expressed skepticism that any new arguments would change his mind.

``It’s curiouser and curiouser; I don’t understand″ why the reporters are asking for more time, Hogan said.

Hogan held the reporters in contempt last fall, and an appeals court rejected their argument that the First Amendment shielded them from revealing their sources. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to consider the case.

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