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Miller Could Face Longer Time In Jail As Probe Deepens


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NEW YORK Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald may seek criminal contempt charges against New York Times reporter Judith Miller, which could significantly lengthen her time in jail, Howard Kurtz and Carol Leonnig report in today's Washington Post.

They also reveal that, according to two sources, Miller spoke with Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, during the period in July 2003 just before Robert Novak's fateful column appeared.

"Fitzgerald and Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan have both raised the possibility in open court that Miller could be charged with criminal contempt if she continues to defy Hogan's order to cooperate in the investigation of who may have unlawfully leaked the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media," the Post observes.

"The unusual threat in the case underscores the sensitivity of an investigation that has reached the highest levels of the White House and the prosecutor's determination to extract information from reluctant journalists even though he has yet to charge anyone with a crime. What secrets Miller can unlock for Fitzgerald -- and the reasons he has so doggedly pursued her -- have been a subject of considerable mystery."

The reporters described the Miller/Libby angle this way:

"The two sources, one who is familiar with Libby's version of events and the other with Miller's, said the previously undisclosed conversation occurred a few days before Plame's name appeared in Robert D. Novak's syndicated column on July 14, 2003. Miller and Libby discussed former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband, who had recently alleged that the Bush administration twisted intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to the source familiar with Libby's version.

"But, according to the source, the subject of Wilson's wife did not come up."

A New York Times article today by Adam Liptak also explores Miller's possible role in this case.

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JUDY MILLER IS LIVING IN A WORLD SHE MAY NOT EVER BE PREPARED MENTALLY TO DEAL WITH. IF SHE IS WITHIN ANY OF THE GENERAL POPULATION OF THAT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, SHE WILL BECOME THE FOCUS, BY OTHER UNSCROUPOLOUS INMATES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXTORTION. THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE ADVANCES UPON HER BY OTHER INMATES TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITIES WITH THIS "FRESH FISH". OTHER EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO EXTORT WHAT EVER IS POSSIBLE OUT OF HE(BY OTHER INMATES) MILLER MAY ALSO FACE VIOLENT ATTACKS WHICH ARE COMMON. ESSENTIALLY, IT PROBABLY SUCKS TO BE JUDITH MILLER RIGHT NOW. IT MAY JUST BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE MILLER REALIZES SHE IS NOW IN A WORLD WHERE THERE ARE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND PERVERTED SET OF RULES AND VALUE'S SHE HAS TO REALIZE SHE IS NOT MENTALLY ACCOSTOMED TO DEAL WITH. MR FITZGERALD, HAS TO KNOW TIME IS ULTIMATLY ON HIS SIDE AND THAT IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE MILLER DECIDES IT IS IN HER BEST INTERREST TO SET ASSIDE HER MISGUIDED NOTIONS AND COOPERATE WITH THE INVESTIGATION. WAIT N SEE.
**HUMPHREY**

I expect that Mrs. Miller is guarded from any harm. And kept separate from the general inmates. I also suspect she will capitalize on this by writing a column about "My experiences in jail and what it taught me about our prison system."

HUMPHREY AGAIN IN RESPONSE. well, i can't actually refute the above oppinion. this is after all a federal facility, and miller is not actually under any sentence. you may be right, but then again, it may be as i described. and besides, quite clouding up my sunny day! the thoughts i described warmed my heart. i agree, you see, until she cooperates , she needs to be where she is.
thank you **Humphrey**

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