Order finding Matthew Cooper and Time Inc. in civil contempt of court

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Order finding Matthew Cooper and Time Inc. in civil contempt of court  (2004) 
by United States District Court, District of Columbia


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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In re: Special Counsel Investigation : Misc Nos.: 04-296(TFH)
: 04-379(TFH)
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ORDER


Pending before the Court is the Motion of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, by PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, SPECIAL COUNSEL, to hold witnesses Matthew Cooper and TIME Inc. in civil contempt of court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 5 1826. After conducting a hearing on August 6, 2004 and being fully advised, this Court finds as follows:

  1. Matthew Cooper, having received a subpoena for grand jury testimony and the production of certain documents, moved to quash the subpoena, and this Court denied the motion to quash for the reasons stated in its Memorandum Opinion dated July 20, 2004.
  2. Matthew Cooper has, in person and through counsel, refused to comply with the grand jury subpoena without just cause.
  3. Based on this refusal, Matthew Cooper is in civil contempt of this Court.
  4. TIME Inc., having received a subpoena for grand jury testimony and the production of certain documents, moved to quash the subpoena, and this Court denied the motion to quash on August 6, 2004, for the reasons stated in its Memorandum Opinion dated July 20,2004.
  5. TIME Inc., through counsel, refused to comply with the grand jury subpoena without just cause.
  6. Based on this refusal, TIME Inc. is in civil contempt of this Court.
  7. Matthew Cooper and TIME Inc. have indicated their intention to pursue an appeal of this Court's order to United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and have agreed to file notices of appeal within two business days of the entry of this order. The parties have agreed to propose an expedited briefing schedule in the Court of Appeals requiring the filing of appellant's brief twelve days after the filing of notice of appeal, the filing of appellee's brief seven days after the filing of appellant's brief, and the filing of appellant's reply three days thereafter.
  8. The appeals of Matthew Cooper and TIME Inc. are brought in good faith and present substantial legal questions.

Based on the foregoing findings of fact, and for the reasons stated in open court, it is hereby ORDERED that:

  1. Matthew Cooper is ordered confined at a suitable place until such time as he is willing to comply with the grand jury subpoena. The period of confinement shall not exceed the life of the term of the grand jury, including extensions, and in no event shall exceed eighteen months.
  2. TIME Inc. is ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 per day until such time as it is willing to comply with the grand jury subpoena. The term of the fine shall not exceed the life of the term of the grand jury, including extensions, and in no event shall exceed eighteen months.
  3. The order of confinement as to Matthew Cooper, and the fine ordered as to TIME Inc., are stayed, and Matthew Cooper is granted bail pending appeal of the court's finding of contempt to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  4. The following portions of the record will be unsealed: (a) Order and Memorandum Opinion dated July 20, 2004; (b) Response of Matthew Cooper to Motion of Government for Entry of Order to Show Cause; (c) Government's Memorandum Regarding Contempt Proceeding; and (d) transcript of the August 6, 2004 hearing.
  5. All other submissions and court proceedings relating to the subject grand jury subpoenas and motions to quash will remain under seal until further order of the Court.

SO ORDERED.

August 9,2004.

The Honorable Thomas F. Hogan
United States District Judge

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).