The case of four newspaper reporters charged with contempt for their coverage of the Rabbi Fred Neulander murder trial could turn on the interpretation of the word “interview.”

According to their defense counsel, the reporters’ fleeting contacts with jurors — a brief phone call, knocks at the door and notes left for those who weren’t at home — never rose to the level of an interview, and thus did not violate Judge Linda Baxter’s order, issued following last November’s mistrial in Neulander’s case.

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