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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Seizure of Journalists' Tape Recordings, Papers Improper

The government has decided that a federal marshal should not have acted to seize tape recordings made by two reporters of Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks at a 2004 event. The original investigation of the incident ended in a ruling that the marshal did nothing wrong, but after the Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American sued, the Marshals Service re-evaluated its actions and has announced a new policy, which limits federal marshal responsibility to the protection of "federal judicial officers". Justice Scalia later sent apologies to the two reporters involved. Read more here. Here's a New York Times article by Adam Liptak written at the time of the incident.

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