No Watergate nostalgia here

The Supreme Court declines to hear appeals from the reporters facing jail time in the Valerie Plame case.

By Tim Grieve

Published June 27, 2005 2:38PM (EDT)

The Supreme Court is issuing several major decisions today, but the biggest may be in the case it didn't take: In an order issued a few minutes ago, the court said it will not hear the appeals of Time's Matthew Cooper or the New York Times' Judy Miller in the Valerie Plame case.

Cooper wrote a story on the Plame case. Miller didn't. But barring some other legal development -- and there really aren't any on the radar -- today's Supreme Court decision means that both Cooper and Miller will soon be in jail. Meanwhile, Robert Novak and whoever it is that leaked Plame's identity to him continue to go free.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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