The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, April 12, 2004
Will AP and Gannett sue the Feds over Scalia abuse?
(Following up April 9 piece.)
Nehemiah Flowers has spoken (AP April 10), defending tape-snatcher Melanie Rube :
The justice informed us he did not want any recordings of his speech and remarks and when we discovered that one, or possibly two, reporters were in fact recording, she took action
She took illegal action. Or thus it appears: the work product of a journalist is protected under the Privacy Protection Act of 1980, 42 USC 2000aa, from seizure by Federal officers.
§2000aa-6 provides for a civil action by those aggrieved by such illegal seizure .
It seems to me - various lawyers have been quoted as agreeing (ha!) - that AP and Gannett have the Feds bang to rights . But no sign yet that they intend to pursue the case.
The New York Times runs a Hammond organ-accompanied op-ed bashing Scalia (not that I object to that) by a Hearts and Flowers  treatment of Antoinette Konz , the girl reporter (well, 25 years old, and no Tintin - or Nellie Bly) from the Hattiesburg American.
Ms. Konz said neither she nor Ms. Grones wanted to comply with the marshal's demand.
That was where Bull Connor went wrong: if only he'd just insisted, there'd have been no need for the fire hoses...
I get the feeling that the American is not exactly in the mood for hardball.
It runs a piece by Kevin Walters under the hed and dek
Scalia speech receives praise
Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs Lincoln?
Presbyterian Christian student Amy Sellers, 18as being surprised at Scalia's no recording policy.
...she expressed suspicion of how the press might use Scalia's comments.
I think we have an intern for Scott McClellan right there! So young, and she gets the Filter...
Point is, why did the American run a story like that? Suckering the Feds for a PPA complaint? Ninth Beatitude time, I think.
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