By Jeremy Steele | February 21st, 2008
To: Journalists and Concerned Citizens
From: The West Virginia University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Kellen Henry, President
Re: Petition on Behalf of Reporters Toni Locy and James Stewart who face contempt charges for protecting their confidential sources in the Steven Hatfill case.
Please consider signing, circulating and mailing the attached petition to Judge Reggie B. Walton as quickly as possible.
This document urges the Judge Walton to reverse his decision to hold former USA Today reporter and West Virginia University professor Toni Locy in contempt of court for refusing to reveal confidential sources. He has threatened to levy large fines against Locy that may not be paid by Gannett or any other source. Judge Walton also could hold former CBS reporter James Stewart in contempt in the same matter. (Read related post at the SPJ LDF blog).
Please FAX completed petitions to Judge Walton at the number below and mail the original, signed copies to him at the address below. If possible, please keep a record of the number of signatures you collect and send that information to: Professor Bonnie Stewart, WVU SPJ Chapter faculty advisor (304-293-3505 Ext. 5417 or email@example.com)
Chambers of Judge Reggie B. Walton’s contact information:
- Telephone Number: 202-354-3290
- Fax Number: 202-354-3292
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001