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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Freelance Videographer Freed From Prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A freelance videographer who spent more time behind bars than any other journalist for refusing to testify to a grand jury is expected to be freed after reaching a deal with prosecutors, lawyers said Tuesday.

Joshua Wolf, 24, posted the unaired videotape online that he had refused to give federal authorities, defense lawyer David Greene said. He said Wolf could be freed later Tuesday after doing so.

``Joshua Wolf has complied with the grand jury subpoena,'' prosecutor Jeffrey Finigan said in court papers filed Tuesday.

Wolf spent more than seven months in a federal prison after declining a subpoena to turn over his videotape of a chaotic 2005 San Francisco street protest during the G-8 summit.

The government was investigating how a San Francisco police officer's skull was fractured during the melee and who set a police car on fire.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who had kept Wolf jailed for 226 days as of Tuesday, needs to approve his release, Greene said.

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