Friday, July 28, 2000
Statement by Clint Reilly

For months now, I have fought for and vigorously pursued the case to keep two strong editorial voices alive in San Francisco. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on this matter. As I said earlier today, I am deeply disappointed with the judge's decision.

I am however, proud of my persistence in this case and am touched at the outpouring of support I have received from the public. After conferring all day with my lawyers, Joe Alioto and Daniel Shulman, I have concluded that likelihood of success on appeal is uncertain. Moreover, it would be unfair to the public and journalists of our city to leave this matter unresolved for the indefinite future.

Therefore, I have decided not to pursue this case on appeal.

Judge Walker stated that my case performed a useful public service and encouraged me to seek payment of my attorneys' fees and costs. The Hearst Corporation has agreed to pay those attorneys' fees, costs and other expenses up to $2.5 million.

Clearly, this case has sent a strong message everywhere that newspaper owners must live by the same standard to which they hold people in public life. This case is now over. I trust that the Hearst Corporation will uphold its promise to produce a world-class newspaper in San Francisco.