Section 13A-11-164

Refusal to testify by printer of libel or defamation.

The printer or proprietor of any newspaper, handbill, advertisement or libel, the publication of which is punishable under this article, who refuses, when summoned, to appear and testify before either the grand or petit jury respecting the publication of such newspaper, handbill, advertisement or libel (not having a good excuse, to be determined by the court), is guilty of a contempt and also of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction of such misdemeanor, shall be fined not less than $20.00 nor more than $300.00 and may also be imprisoned in the county jail, or sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than six months.

(Code 1852, §14; Code 1867, §3554; Code 1876, §4108; Code 1886, §3774; Code 1896, §5066; Code 1907, §7341; Code 1923, §4924; Code 1940, T. 14, §351; Code 1975, §13-6-204.)