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Judge Sentences San Francisco Chronicle Reporters

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A federal judge ordered two San Francisco Chronicle reporters imprisoned for up to 18 months for refusing to reveal the sources of their stories on the grand jury investigation in the BALCO sports doping case. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said he “does not fault” the reporters, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, for their convictions and is not trying to punish them, only to pressure them into complying with the law. Judge White did agree to delay imprisonment pending appeal. (9/26/06)