Thursday, November 18, 2004

Reporter Is Convicted in R.I. for Protecting Source

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A television reporter was convicted of criminal contempt Thursday for refusing to say who gave him an FBI videotape showing a city official taking a bribe.

Jim Taricani, of WJAR-TV, faces up to six months in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 9 by U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres.

Taricani, 55, broke no law by repeatedly airing the tape, but a special prosecutor was appointed to find out who leaked it because the court had ordered attorneys, investigators and defendants not to disseminate any tapes connected to a federal corruption probe during former Mayor Vincent ``Buddy'' Cianci Jr.'s administration.

-- AP, Nov. 18 2004


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