Law: Press Privacy

A new law protects newsrooms

After injuries to police officers during a 1971 demonstration at Stanford University, police armed only with a warrant walked into the offices of the Stanford Daily and began a search. Their objective: unpublished photographs that they hoped would help them identify the assailants. The student newspaper sued local officials over the intrusion and took its fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where it lost in 1978. While rejecting the students' pleas, the court suggested that Congress could spare other publications similar encroachments by enacting a statute limiting unannounced searches. Congress did just that, and...

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