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Judith Miller Decides To Leave Jail

Reuters’ headline, “NY Times reporter freed from jail in CIA probe case” is inexplicably and indefensibly misleading. After being subpoenaed and having made the decision to ignore the judge’s order (generally a poor decision, pretensions of journalistic exceptionalism or not), Miller was jailed for contempt of court. A quick glance at the Oxford English Dictionary reveals she was guilty of just that: contempt.

Miller was released from jail when she agreed to testify. She was (unnecessarily) released from her confidentiality obligation by her source, which the New York Times reports was I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. (And PNAC fellow.)

That’s Lewis Libby, spelled L-I-B-B-Y, not R-O-V-E.

MORE: Noting that Miller may have been cleared by Libby beforehand, Orin Kerr at VC comments:

If you’re Bob Bennett, Judith Miller’s top-shelf lawyer, wouldn’t you try to clear this up before your client spent three months in jail? Something about this seems fishy to me.
That fishiness is otherwise known as attempted martyrdom, which in turn is otherwise known as the only way a man can become famous without ability.


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