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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Joshua Wolf free man today

Journalist Jailed for Record Time Freed

Published: April 3, 2007

Filed at 9:20 p.m. ET

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) -- A freelance videographer walked out of federal prison Tuesday after spending more time behind bars than any other journalist for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

Joshua Wolf, 24, in a deal with prosecutors, posted online the unaired videotape that he had refused to give federal authorities, defense lawyer David Greene said. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who had jailed Wolf for 226 days, had approved his release earlier in the day.

''Joshua Wolf has complied with the grand jury subpoena,'' prosecutor Jeffrey Finigan said in court papers filed Tuesday.

Wolf spent more than seven months in a federal prison in Dublin, Calif. after refusing to obey a subpoena to turn over his videotape of a chaotic 2005 San Francisco street protest during the G-8 summit.

The government is investigating how a San Francisco police officer's skull was fractured during the melee and who set a police car on fire.

The footage Wolf posted Tuesday does not show those events, Greene said.

Prosecutors said they were not inclined to seek his grand jury testimony, though they left open the possibility that he could be subpoenaed again later.

''I will not under any circumstances testify before a grand jury,'' Wolf said as he left the prison. An unshaven Wolf, wearing a white T-shirt and sweat shorts, said he was looking forward to ''pizza and a beer.''
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