Sunday, September 19, 2004

Justice Dept.: Scalia Erasure Illegal 

Last April I posted on the incident in which U.S. Marshalls forced two journalists to erase recordings they had made during a public speech by Justice Scalia.

Via ACSBlog I see that the Justice Dept. has now admitted that the action was a violation of the Privacy Protection Act, and that the reporters are entitled to $1000 damages each plus reasonable attorney's fees. The concession was in response to a lawsuit that has been filed by the two reporters' news organizations. Justice is opposing the plaintiffs' motion for an injunction to prevent a repeat of the incident, however. You know, just because it's illegal doesn't mean they want to get in extra trouble if they do it again.

That and other outstanding issues will be addressed in the course of the lawsuit.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:49 AM