Judge won’t let USA Today pay ex-reporter’s contempt fines

Wall Street Journal
A judge says former USA Today reporter Toni Locy has to start paying hundreds, then thousands of dollars in fines, out of her own pocket for refusing to reveal sources used in articles about the US government’s investigation into anthrax attacks in 2001. If Locy holds out for three weeks, she’ll owe $45,500, or about 60% of her journalism teaching salary. The judge says she couldn’t get financial help from anyone, including USA Today.

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