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Supreme Court / Freedom of Press #54099

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 1978
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(Studio) Report on Supreme Court ruling affecting rights of news media to protect confidential info.; case involves police search of newspaper office to obtain photos of crime.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) Background of case, stemming from demonstrations at Stanford University in 1971, photos of which were published in university newspaper. Police raid of paper office on nonappealable search warrant rather than subpoena, in order to search for photos as evidence, stated; photos shown. [Palo Alto Police Chief James ZURCHER - thinks such raid has chilling effect on news media, but that consideration must also be given to situation police were in. ] Supreme Court ruling, written by Justice Byron River White, that requirements for search warrant are stringent enough to protect right to privacy and right to free press reported [Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press representative Jack LANDAU - says ruling leaves any news office helpless because police can decide to march in. ] Effects of ruling examined.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

Reporter(s):
Jarriel, Tom;
O'Brien, Tim
Duration:
00:02:00

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