Reporter William Farr, who was jailed 46 years days for refusing to divulge the source of a story about the Charles Manson murder trial, says that despite a judge's order, he will not say whether that source was Manson attorney Paul Fitzgerald.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Weil issued the order Friday in connection with a $24 million civil libel suit brought against Farr by Fitzgerald and Irving Kanarek, another defense attorney in the Manson case.
Fitzgerald and Kanarek claim that Farr libeled them and injured their professional reputations by saying that he based his story upon transcripts he received from two of six Manson trial attorneys without specifying which two.
All six attorneys were under a court-imposed gag order at the time Farr said he received the transcripts, and Farr was subsequently found in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the source of the transcripts.
Farr, then with the Los Angeles Times, served 46 days in jail in 1972 on a contempt sentence until he was freed by then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
Weil gave Mark Hurwitz, Farr's attorney, 30 days to appeal his order. If that appeal fails, Weil said Farr is ordered to say whether Fitzgerald was the source of the transcript.