CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 01, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court's decision that newsrooms have no special protection from police searches with warrants recalled; Justice Department vow to act with restraint in such cases and lack of any such binding rule on state and locally agencies noted. Newsmen's concern about impact of this ruling reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Almost unanimous opposition to Court decision by journalists across nation reported ["Chicago Sun-Times" spokesperson James HOGE - thinks it's terrible precedent.] ["Dallas Morning News" spokesperson Joe DEALY - believes public often feels newspaper is "court of last resort." Notes effect ruling will have on people's willingness to come to papers with info.] ["Los Angeles Herald Examiner" spokesperson Thomas PLATE - says Court decision opens door for police involvement in newsgathering activities of newspapers and television and radio stations.] Attorney General Bell's request to Court to rule as it did noted. Bell's subsequent orders to Justice Department staff to draw up guidelines forbidding FBI raids on paper, television or radio newsrooms except under certain conditions outlined. Journalists' discussions of need for cong. action on issue, to protect newsrooms from warrant searches, and problems inherent in such legislature examined.
REPORTER: Fred Graham