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January 11, 2002
Re "Jailed Texas Crime Writer Is Released," Jan. 5: Since when do you have to be a published writer to be protected from federal prosecutors? Vanessa Leggett, in refusing to give up the names of her sources and then going to prison for 168 days to stand up for her principles, showed more courage and basic decency than anyone I have read about recently. James DuBois Ventura
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April 12, 2002 | Reuters
Vanessa Leggett, an aspiring Texas crime writer jailed for more than five months for defying a subpoena to turn over interviews in a murder case, was named winner of the PEN First Amendment Award on Thursday. Leggett asserted that a reporter's privilege protected her from being forced to disclose confidential sources used in researching a book about the killing of Doris Angleton, wife of a Houston millionaire. Leggett will receive a $25,000 prize April 24 at the annual PEN Gala.
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NEWS
April 12, 2002 | Reuters
Vanessa Leggett, an aspiring Texas crime writer jailed for more than five months for defying a subpoena to turn over interviews in a murder case, was named winner of the PEN First Amendment Award on Thursday. Leggett asserted that a reporter's privilege protected her from being forced to disclose confidential sources used in researching a book about the killing of Doris Angleton, wife of a Houston millionaire. Leggett will receive a $25,000 prize April 24 at the annual PEN Gala.
OPINION
January 11, 2002
Re "Jailed Texas Crime Writer Is Released," Jan. 5: Since when do you have to be a published writer to be protected from federal prosecutors? Vanessa Leggett, in refusing to give up the names of her sources and then going to prison for 168 days to stand up for her principles, showed more courage and basic decency than anyone I have read about recently. James DuBois Ventura
NEWS
October 29, 2001 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vanessa Leggett is a reporter who, until she was thrown in jail, had never published a story, a writer of true-crime books who has never finished one. Yet, with each day she sits in an 8-by-10 cell at the Federal Detention Center here for refusing to give a federal grand jury her research into a notorious society murder, Leggett becomes more famous as a journalism cause celebre, her case one for the record books--and future legal textbooks. "It's absolutely boring. I read. I write letters.
NEWS
January 3, 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.
NEWS
September 8, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A novice crime writer jailed for refusing to turn over her notes about a murder to a federal grand jury has spent more time behind bars than any journalist in the United States, according to a journalism organization. Vanessa Leggett, 33, spent her 49th day in a Houston federal detention center Friday. She was found in contempt of court July 20 and could be held for up to 18 months.
NEWS
January 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Robert Angleton, a millionaire former bookie was arrested in Houston on murder-for-hire charges in the 1997 shooting death of his wife. Angleton, 53, is accused of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, murder for hire and a firearms charge, authorities said. The indictment came several weeks after Vanessa Leggett, who is working on a book about the case, was freed after more than five months in jail for refusing to turn over her research to prosecutors.
NEWS
August 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said she would look into why the U.S. Justice Department pushed to have a freelance writer jailed for refusing to give her notes on a Houston murder case to federal prosecutors. Jackson-Lee said she would urge U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft to look into the matter, which news organizations view as a threat to press freedom. Vanessa Leggett, a 33-year-old University of Houston writing lecturer, was jailed in July for contempt of court.
NEWS
November 23, 2001 | From Associated Press
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) urged Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft to free a novice crime writer jailed for not surrendering her notes on a book about a Houston socialite's murder. Vanessa Leggett, 33, was ordered held in July after a federal judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to give a grand jury notes from interviews related to the 1997 shooting death of Doris Angleton.
NEWS
October 29, 2001 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vanessa Leggett is a reporter who, until she was thrown in jail, had never published a story, a writer of true-crime books who has never finished one. Yet, with each day she sits in an 8-by-10 cell at the Federal Detention Center here for refusing to give a federal grand jury her research into a notorious society murder, Leggett becomes more famous as a journalism cause celebre, her case one for the record books--and future legal textbooks. "It's absolutely boring. I read. I write letters.
NEWS
December 26, 2001 | Associated Press
A writer jailed for refusing to give a grand jury her research notes about a society killing spent Christmas in jail, despite efforts to have her freed before the holidays. Vanessa Leggett, 33, was imprisoned after she refused to hand over notes and recordings to a federal grand jury investigating Robert Angleton, a Houston bookmaker whose wife, Doris, was slain in 1997. Leggett has been in a federal detention center since July 20, when a federal judge found her in contempt of court.
NEWS
January 4, 2002 | Reuters
An aspiring Texas freelance writer jailed since July for defying a subpoena demanding her notes about a murder case will be freed today, the judge who jailed her ordered Thursday. Vanessa Leggett, a 33-year-old writing lecturer at the University of Houston, has been jailed for contempt since July 20, when she refused to turn over her notes to a federal grand jury looking into the 1997 killing of a wealthy Houston bookie's wife.
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