Law: No Suprises

Apian to protect privacy

When the Stanford University Daily went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977 to challenge a surprise police raid of its newsroom, the Carter Administration supported the local police. A Justice Department brief argued that the First Amendment did not protect a newspaper from unannounced searches, even if the paper's reporters were not suspected of any wrongdoing. By a 5-to-3 vote, the high court agreed in a decision that outraged editors and publishers.

Last week, a somewhat chastened Administration asked Congress in effect to overturn the Stanford Daily decision. Saying that the ruling "poses dangers to the effective functioning...

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