Saturday, October 15, 2011

Private Investigator News: 9th Circuit rules for public access to documents in search warrant applications

"The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a Montana case that in most instances, materials filed in support of search warrant applications should be available to the public once an investigation is terminated.
The case arose from raids in 2005 and 2008 on the Custer Battlefield Museum near Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office had opposed disclosure of the documents, citing the need to protect secrecy regarding witnesses, informants and grand jury proceedings. Attorneys for Chris Kortlander, director of the museum and owner of several businesses at Garryowen, maintained that he and the public had a right to access what he considered public documents."

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