The Press: Sentence for Contempt

In St. Louis three weeks ago, a cartoonist and two editors of the Post-Dispatch were ordered to defend themselves against a citation for contempt of court because they criticized the dismissal of an extortion suit against a State Representative (TIME, March 25). Last week Circuit Judge Thomas J. Rowe slapped a $2,000 fine on the Post-Dispatch, dismissed the citation against Managing Editor Benjamin Harrison Reese, but hit Editorial Editor Ralph Coghlan with a fine of $200 and 20 days in jail, Cartoonist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick with $100 fine and ten days.

Off went Coghlan and Fitzpatrick in a sheriff's custody but were...

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