Wolf attorney hopeful of mediation resolution
Attorney Dan Siegel
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
February 14, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A lawyer for a freelance San Francisco
journalist who has been in prison for more than five months said
today he's hopeful that a federal judge's mediation order will
lead to his client's release.
At the same time, defense attorney Dan Siegel said videographer
Josh Wolf "is not going to change his position" of refusing
to give a federal grand jury a videotape of a 2005 demonstration
in San Francisco.
"Therefore, we have to find some other kind of solution,"
Wolf, 24, was found in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge
William Alsup in August and sent to a federal prison in Dublin
for refusing to give unaired sections of the videotape to the
Last week, he became the longest-jailed
journalist in U.S. history in a civil contempt of court case.
On Tuesday, Alsup issued a one-sentence order referring Wolf's
case to U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero for mediation "in the
interest of reaching a resolution satisfactory to both sides."
U.S. District Judge William Alsup
Neither Wolf's attorneys nor federal prosecutors had requested
Siegel said he is waiting to hear from the magistrate on when
the mediation will take place.
He said he hopes Wolf will be allowed to come to the federal
courthouse to participate.
The attorney said, "This is something neither party requested.
Judge Alsup apparently feels there's a solution here."
The demonstration on July 8, 2005, was a protest of an economic
summit in Scotland. A police officer was injured and there was
an alleged possible attempted arson of a federally funded police
U.S. attorney's office spokesman Luke Macaulay said, "The
incident is under investigation so that the grand jury can determine
what, if any, crimes were committed.
Macaulay said, "As our court filings state, Wolf videotaped
a public demonstration where there may have been an attempt to
set a police car ablaze, and where a San Francisco police officer's
skull was fractured when he was hit from behind by a demonstrator."
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