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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.

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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.


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