Law: A Dry Spell of Doubt for Reporters

Gannett vs. DePasquale could be the biggest setback the press has yet suffered at the hands of the Burger Court but it is hardly the first. Other defeats:

Branzburg vs. Hayes (1972). A reporter has no right to withhold information about his sources from a grand jury in a criminal investigation. The court was unmoved by the contention that confidential sources will dry up if reporters can be compelled to reveal them.

Zurcher vs. Stanford Daily (1978). With a warrant, police can make a surprise raid on a newsroom to search for evidence of crime committed by others.

Houchins vs. KQED (1978), Pell vs....

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