‘SF Chron’ Reporters’ Contempt Appeal Set for March

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By: E&P Staff

Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters being held in contempt for refusing to name their sources have been granted their request to shorten the schedule of their appeal case by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, reports the Chronicle.

Written arguments for the case against Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams will be due by Jan. 12, with a hearing before a three-judge panel scheduled in March, said the paper.

Fainaru-Wada and Williams gained national fame in 2004 for revealing grand jury testimony from the federal investigation into the BALCO steroid scandal, which indicated baseball players Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds admitted using steroids. The reporting later resulted in a book, “Game of Shadows,” released earlier this year.

But it also drew attention from federal investigators, resulting in a second grand jury to determine who leaked the testimony. That grand jury issued subpoenas for Fainaru-Wada and Williams to testify, which they have defied. The pair were found in contempt and sentenced to 18 months in prison last month. The sentence has been stayed pending their appeal.

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