NATION : Reporter Tells Source, Is Freed

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports </i>

A television reporter told a judge the name of a confidential source today and was immediately freed from the jail where he had served two weeks of a six-month contempt-of-court sentence.

“I want to see my wife and my son and have a pizza and beer,” said KMOL reporter Brian Karem, moments after he was freed by Texas District Judge Pat Priest.

Karem was jailed June 27 for refusing to say who arranged a telephone interview with jailed capital murder suspect Henry Hernandez. Hernandez and his brother, Julian, are charged in the March, 1989, shooting death of a San Antonio police officer, Gary Williams.

Karem today identified the source as Deborah Ledesma, a cousin of the Hernandez brothers.


He said he decided to reveal the name after Ledesma, who now lives in California, agreed to relieve him of his promise to protect her identity.