May 122019
 May 12, 2019  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Rachel Swan reported on the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday:

Lawyers and free speech advocates are wrangling over whether San Francisco police were right to raid a journalist’s home Friday — the latest jolt from a leaked report on the February death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

The incident has raised concerns that city officials have lost sight of journalists’ rights in their haste to solve a case that embarrassed the city. Some observers wondered whether the judges who signed the warrant were aware the search targeted a journalist.

As Frank Lomonte, a professor of media law, commented on Twitter yesterday, law enforcement did not follow the law when searches involving journalists are concerned:

When I asked Frank what the remedy would be, he replied that there are civil remedies, but there might also exclusion of evidence in any prosecution. “That stuff is radioactive,” he commented.

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