At the time, his daughter Victoria Fine, a Huffington Post journalist and editor, said:
"We are deeply disappointed in the outcome of this. It's scary to me that the justice system at all levels doesn't see the inherent flaws in the system and is choosing not to correct them."
Richard Fine Released
With few details available, and little media coverage outside Los Angeles, the following accounts announced the news:
On September 18, Los Angeles Times writer Scott Glover headlined, "Lawyer abruptly freed from jail," saying:
After a year and a half in jail on contempt charges, "Richard Fine was released from Los Angeles County Jail in downtown Los Angeles shortly after 9 p.m. but did not wish to speak to a Times reporter."
On LA Observed, Kevin Roderick wrote: