First Amendment Rights And Bloggers

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The best advice I can give you is put Terry Heaton in your feedreader.

The freedom of the press clause in our beloved First Amendment is about to undergo perhaps its most serious challenges, because “the press” isn’t as neatly defined as it once was. A fascinating case in Phoenix is headed for court, and it ought to give any practicing journalist pause.

According to The Arizona Republic, blogger Jeff Pataky’s home was raided by ten Phoenix police officers armed with a warrant last month. He was out of town, and his girlfriend was handcuffed for three hours while police conducted the raid. They seized computers, files and anything associated with Pataky’s website — are you ready for this? — Bad Phoenix Cops.

We need to be paying attention to these things.

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  1. lovable liberal said April 6, 2009 | Permalink

    As far as I’m concerned, a trumped up raid like this reeks of police corruption.

  2. Beth Cravens said April 7, 2009 | Permalink

    A little scary knowing that they can just do that. It needs to be nipped in the bud

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