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Mass. governor seeks release of jailed reporter

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Shutt / September 7, 1982

Cambridge, Mass.

Governor Edward King of Massachusetts said he would ask the State Executive Council to commute the sentence of Boston Herald-American reporter Paul Corsetti for contempt of court.

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Corsetti was jailed last Tuesday after his appeal against a 90-day sentence for refusal to testify about an interview with a suspected murderer ran out in the state courts. A pardon would have left Corsetti with no criminal record - but King told a news conference he would not pardon Corsetti because the press should not be more privileged than the rest of society.