Improper Seizure of Journalist’s Work Product and Materials
Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco in In Re: Ex Parte Application of Non-Party Journalist Bryan Carmody. The brief supports a motion by Carmody to compel the return of protected work product, documentary materials, and newsgathering equipment seized by the San Francisco Police Department after Carmody declined to reveal a confidential source. The amicus letter argues that Carmody’s material and equipment must be returned immediately. The letter expresses concern over the SFPD’s treatment of Carmody and its possible disregard for the federal and California constitutional and statutory protections afforded journalists and their sources.