Saturday, September 15, 2012

Appeals court tightens public access to search warrants

"A federal appellate court held last week that there is no First Amendment right for the media to access police and court documents filed in connection with search warrant proceedings.
The ruling by Judge Jane Roth, writing for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Cir.), does not absolutely bar media organizations from getting access to search warrant proceedings. Instead, media groups must argue “that the public’s right to know outweighs interests of privacy in sealing a particular document.”"

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