Press Freedoms Hang on Balco Appeal, Attorney Says

november 27, 2006  06:59 pm
The fate of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters could be a journalistic watershed, the New York Times reports. District Judge Jeffrey S. White wants Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada to serve up to 18 months in jail for refusing to divulge their grand jury sources. "This is the single, biggest case I have ever been involved in," says Eve Burton, the Hearst lawyer representing the reporters. "If the government wins in this case, every reporter's notebook will be available to the government for the asking," Burton says.