Court releases journalist from jail

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A freelance video journalist jailed for a month after he refused to turn over footage of a political protest to a grand jury was released Friday while a federal appeals court considers his case. Josh Wolf, 24, videotaped a July 2005 protest during the G-8 economic summit where anarchists were suspected of vandalizing a city police car. One San Francisco officer was struck during the rally and his skull was fractured. Wolf refused to turn over tapes of the demonstration to a federal grand jury. A judge found him in contempt of court and ordered him jailed Aug. 1. He sold some of the footage to television stations and posted it on his Web site but refused to turn over unpublished material. Wolf appealed, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday he could be freed while a panel of circuit judges considers whether he was properly held in contempt of court. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Hopefully, I won’t have to go back,” Wolf told reporters hours after he left a federal correctional facility in Dublin. He said he would never give up his unpublished footage, which runs about 30 minutes. Doing so would make him a “de facto investigator for the government,” he said. San Francisco federal prosecutors, who brought the case, declined to comment. The American Civil Liberties Union said federal authorities are disregarding California’s shield law, which generally allows journalists to decline to divulge unpublished material to state authorities. That shield, however, does not attach to federal investigations.last_img read more