Media Has No Right To Search-Warrant Docs, 6th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (September 5, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT) -- Newspapers do not have a First Amendment right to documents filed in search warrant proceedings, the Sixth Circuit said Wednesday in a precedential ruling that affirmed the sealing of documents in the criminal probe of alleged Ponzi schemer Timothy Durham.

A three-judge panel said allowing newspapers to obtain and publish search warrant documents after the warrants were executed could compromise government investigations of supposed criminal activity. Such documents could reveal the government’s theory of the alleged crime, disclose information about ongoing wiretaps and tip off other...
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