No settlement reached in case
of incarcerated journalist vs. U.S. government
Free Josh Wolf Coalition organizer Julian Davis reported yesterday
mediation efforts in the case of journalist Josh Wolf vs. the
U.S. Government have, so far, not amounted
to a settlement.
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
March 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - No settlement was reached during
four hours of court-ordered mediation in the case of a jailed
freelance journalist, a federal magistrate in San Francisco announced
U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero said in a brief order in the case
Wolf, "A settlement conference was held; the case did
The magistrate wrote in the order that he will discuss with Wolf's
lawyers and federal prosecutors "whether to schedule a further
Wolf, 24, has been in a U.S. prison in Dublin for more than six
months for contempt of court for refusing to give a federal grand
jury unaired sections of a videotape of an anarchist demonstration
in San Francisco in 2005.
Journalist Josh Wolf
He is the longest-jailed journalist in U.S. history in a civil
contempt of court case. March 10 will be his 200th day of confinement.
Julian Davis, a spokesman for the Free Josh Wolf Coalition, said
lawyers in the case were under orders from the magistrate not
to disclose anything about the mediation.
The mediation was ordered last month by U.S. District Judge William
Alsup, the judge who found Wolf in contempt for refusing to surrender
the videotape. Alsup wrote that he ordered the procedure "in
the interest of reaching a resolution satisfactory to both sides."
U.S. District Judge William Alsup
The demonstration Wolf videotaped on July 8, 2005, protested
an international economic summit in Scotland. A police officer's
skull was fractured and there was an alleged possible attempted
arson of a federally funded police car.
U.S. attorney's spokesman Luke Macaulay has said the incident
is under investigation so the grand jury "can determine what,
if any, crimes were committed."
Wolf has contended that turning over the tape would make him
into a spy for the government and undermine his credibility as
He sold some parts of the videotape to local television stations
and posted some sections on his Web
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