Friday, April 09, 2004
The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Recordings confiscated during speech by Scalia|
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press yesterday filed a protest with the U.S. attorney general, saying a U.S. marshal violated federal law when she confiscated recordings during a Supreme Court justice's speech.Why do conservatives hate the Bill of Rights? On the long list of shitty things Reagan did to this country, the appointment of Scalia might be on the top.
The marshal took a Hattiesburg (Miss.) American reporter's cassette tape and also erased an Associated Press reporter's digital recorder while Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to Hattiesburg high-school students Wednesday about the importance of the Constitution.
"If you have a Supreme Court justice speaking on the Constitution ... it would be nice if he adhered to all of the Constitution and not just the amendments he likes," said Jon Broadbooks, executive editor of The Hattiesburg American.
The federal Privacy Protection Act of 1980 also prohibits the seizure, allowing law enforcement to confiscate a reporter's material only in limited circumstances, such as if officers suspect the journalist is committing a crime.