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Jailed Writer Asks Supreme Court for Help

January 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A novice crime writer jailed in Houston since July for withholding notes from a grand jury has asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

Vanessa Leggett wants the court to use her case to give writers and reporters more rights to protect the confidentiality of their sources. She has refused to hand over all of her research for a book about the shooting death of a Texas socialite to a grand jury investigating the victim's husband.

Leggett asked the Supreme Court this week to overturn the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that a judge acted properly in jailing her for contempt.

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