Press: Mixed Motives

Timesman Farber under fire

When New York Times Reporter Myron Farber, 40, was tossed into a New Jersey jail two and a half weeks ago for refusing to give his notes to a trial judge, the issue seemed reasonably clear-cut. As of last week, it proved to be anything but.

It was Farber's digging that led to the multiple-murder indictment of Dr. Mario Jascalevich, who is charged with injecting lethal doses of the muscle relaxant curare into three patients in a small suburban New Jersey hospital during 1965-66. The doctor's defense lawyer demanded to see Farber's notes, but Farber refused, citing the First...

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