In re Roche,
448 U.S. 1312 (1980)

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In re Roche, 448 U.S. 1312 (1980)

In re Roche, 448 U.S. 1312 (1980)

No. A-66

Decided July 23, 1980

448 U.S. 1312


An application to stay, pending a petition for certiorari, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice's order adjudicating applicant television news reporter in civil contempt for refusal to disclose the identities of news sources in connection with disciplinary proceedings against a state judge, and the Supreme Judicial Court's affirmance of such order, is granted. It appears reasonably probable that four Justices will vote to grant certiorari, that there is a fair prospect of reversal, and that, in considering the irreparable harm that would result to applicant if the stay is denied, the balance of equities favors a stay.

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