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Belushi Case Newsmen Get Jail

Municipal Judge Brian Crahan held two reporters in contempt of court and sentenced them to serve jail terms today for refusing to give testimony in the John Belushi murder case.

A prosecutor said that without the testimony of free-lance writer Chris Van Ness and National Enquirer reporter Anthony Brenna, “the issue of the murder can never be resolved.” The sentences were stayed pending appeal. Both men refused to testify about interviews they conducted with Cathy Evelyn Smith, a former rock singer who is charged with killing Belushi by giving him an overdose of heroin and cocaine in 1982.


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