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Matt and Judy: A Reprieve

From FishbowlDC:

Results of today’s hearing: Matt & Judy have until Friday to prepare their last-round defense. Final hearing July 6th.

Matt Cooper says he would “rather not” turn over source-revealing documents after coming so far, but at this point it was Time Inc.’s decision.

In other news, also from FishbowlDC, Robert Novak finally speaks! So what if it’s in circles and he does so reluctantly, we’ll take what we can get. An edited excerpt from “Inside Politics,” Novak interviewed by guest host Ed Henry:

HENRY: …Why is it that there are two reporters out there who may go to jail, Bob, but it doesn’t appear that you are going to go to jail?

NOVAK: Well, that’s what I can’t reveal until this case is finished. I hope it is finished soon. And when it does, I agree with Mr. Safire, I will reveal all in a column and on the air.

HENRY: Do you understand why in general there’s frustration among fellow journalist after 41 years of distinguished work, where you’ve always pushed and been a fierce advocate of the public’s right to know, you’re not letting the public know about such a critical case, and two people may go to jail.

NOVAK: Well, they are not going to jail because of me. Whether I answer your questions or not, it has nothing to do with that. That’s very ridiculous to think that I am the cause of their going to jail. I don’t think they should be going to jail…

HENRY: No, but some people feel if you would come forward with the information that you have, that maybe they would not go to jail.

NOVAK: But you don’t know — Ed, you don’t know anything about the case. And those people who say that don’t know anything about the case. And unfortunately, as somebody who likes to write, I’d like to say a lot about the case, but because of my attorney’s advice I can’t. But I will. And there might be some surprising things.

Is it just me, or does that last paragraph remind you of anyone? “Ed, Ed, Ed, you’re glib. You don’t know anything about journalistic privilege. I do…”

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