Vi Murphy: The Gazette reporter jailed by Colorado Supreme Court for refusing to identify source

The Gazette: In fall 1960, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered a reporter from The Gazette to appear and the visibly angry justices demanded to know how she got her hands on a sealed petition that accused a former justice of taking bribes.

The reporter, Vi Murphy, who was 34 and a mother of four, stood before the justices wearing a formal button-up dress and long white gloves, and politely, but firmly, said she would not reveal her source.

The justices grew irate. They asked her 11 more times during two more appearances to divulge her secret. She refused 11 more times. After the final one, the justices found her in contempt of court and ordered her to be jailed for 30 days.

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