A Plain Dealer reporter avoided a contempt-of-court jail stay Wednesday after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy J. McGinty stepped forward to disclose that he was the source who provided the reporter with a psychiatric evaluation of accused serial killer Anthony Sowell.
After McGinty came forward, Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold ended her quest to compel reporter Gabriel Baird to reveal his source. Saffold had sent deputies to the newspaper on Tuesday to arrest Baird after he did not show up for a hastily scheduled hearing.
McGinty declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.
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