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Josh Wolf Defends Freedom of the Press
Ben Rosenfeld, attorney for Josh Wolf on June 15th, and Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the San Francisco National Lawyers Guild, joined Wolf and other supporters before his grilling by the U.S. grand jury and then Judge William Alsup in the Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Six-minute QT movie. 20MB.
San Francisco -- In a show of courage against an attempt by the federal government to obtain First Amendment protected information, independent journalist Josh Wolf refused to testify or provide video evidence yesterday to a federal grand jury convened in February. The grand jury is investigating events surrounding a July 2005 demonstration against the Group of Eight (G8) meeting that year in Scotland. Wolf asserted his First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights as a basis for declining to answer the grand jury. --Kris Hermes
Josh Wolf, 24, was ordered by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in a closed-door hearing earlier in the day to turn over the video and answer questions before a federal grand jury investigating the alleged vandalism of a police car, said attorney Ben Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld said Wolf was then questioned before the grand jury, and he insisted that he had a constitutional right to remain silent and to discuss the questions with his lawyers, and finally was told by a prosecutor, without explanation, that he was free to go. --S.F. Chronicle