Press: A Right to Rummage?

Police can frisk newsrooms, says the court

Campus sit-ins were nothing new in 1971 when demonstrators seized part of the Stanford University Hospital, but student editors of the Stanford Daily (circ. 15,000) covered the event anyway. A wise move. Violence broke out, and nine policemen were injured. Three days later the police, armed with a search warrant, barged into the Daily's offices looking for photographs that might help identify their assailants. They found nothing of use, and the Daily filed suit. Eventually, two lower courts found that the paper's constitutional...

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