Journalists In Contempt

Appeals court upholds contempt findings against reporters

A federal appeals court has upheld contempt of court findings against four journalists who refused to reveal their sources for stories about a former nuclear scientist.

The appeals judges have ruled that a federal court did not abuse its discretion in finding the journalists in contempt for refusing to answer questions about their sources, under oath.

The case involves Wen Ho Lee, who was fired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, following allegations that he'd mishandled nuclear weapons information.  Lee claims his privacy rights were violated after government officials allegedly leaked information about his case to reporters.

Three of the reporters work for The Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, and the fourth is a former CNN correspondent. Charges against a fifth journalist were dropped due to insufficient evidence.