R.I. TV Reporter Latest Held in Contempt for Protecting a Source

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(AP) A local television reporter was convicted of criminal contempt Thursday for refusing to say who gave him an FBI videotape showing a city official taking a bribe.

Jim Taricani, of WJAR, is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres on Dec. 9. The undercover tape was aired prominently and repeatedly by the station.

Taricani faces up to six months in prison.

The tape was part of a federal probe into corruption at Providence City Hall during former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr.’s administration. The tape shows a Cianci aide.

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