On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., will hear Toni Locy’s appeal of a contempt finding that could impose crippling fines on the former USA Today reporter. The appellate hearing starts at 9:30am.
Former Army scientist Steven Hatfill subpoenaed Locy as part of his Privacy Act suit against the government for naming him as a “person of interest” in its investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people and left 17 others injured.
Locy has been ordered to pay escalating fines of up to $5,000 a day for her refusal to identify her sources. The contempt order also prohibited Locy from receiving assistance in paying those fines from any outside source, including her former employer.