Feds Took Times Reporter's Notes from the Police Evidence Room

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Feds Took Times Reporter's Notes from the Police Evidence Room


Byline: Kellan Howell , THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist's home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns.

The custody logs don't state why the reporting materials were removed from evidence Sept. 3, about a month after they were seized from reporter Audrey Hudson's home during a search in an unrelated investigation of her husband. But they do show that the Homeland Security agent checked out files and notes that morning that identified confidential sources that Ms. Hudson had interviewed during a series of award-winning articles published in The Times about problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service.

Homeland Security officials have acknowledged that their agents seized Ms. Hudson's files during the execution of a search warrant in early August obtained by Maryland State Police in an unrelated investigation of guns owned by her husband. Her husband has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the case.

Homeland Security officials also have acknowledged that they briefly reviewed the materials to determine whether they contained any sensitive information, even though the search warrant did not authorize seizure of the documents.

The officials have not explained, however, why federal agents attended a raid that involved state laws or why police kept reporting materials for more than a month that were not covered by the judge's order.

First Amendment advocates and professional journalists said the revelations from the evidence custody logs raise serious concerns that constitutional protections were violated.

I think it is fair to say that this is an egregious affront on the part of the law enforcement, said Roger Soenksen, a professor of media arts and design at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Times is preparing to take legal action against the Homeland Security Department.

Editor John Solomon said the evidence logs raise serious concerns that Homeland Security may have tried to exploit the seized documents for information about Ms. Hudson's and the newspaper's sources and reporting methods in a series of articles that shined a light on problems inside the federal department.

It's unacceptable for law enforcement to have taken these records in the first place, especially when they had nothing to do with the investigation at hand or the search warrant, Mr. Solomon said. "It's even more maddening to think that federal agents could simply walk into the evidence room and check these documents out for their reading pleasure.

Our Founding Fathers, the Congress and the courts have long recognized the First Amendment safeguards that are afforded to a free press, and the protections from unlawful seizure that every American should enjoy. …

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