George Freeman ‘saddened and shocked’ by layoff

George Freeman, who was laid off as New York Times Co. assistant general counsel on Wednesday, tells Romenesko readers:

After 31 wonderful years at The Times, and working with 6 fabulous executive editors from Abe Rosenthal forward, I am both saddened and shocked. It has been a great run, in as interesting, challenging and worthwhile a job as a lawyer can have, but now I look forward to the chance of a new opportunity in the First Amendment world.