A raid on a Kansas newspaper probably broke the regulation, specialists say. However which one?

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas police chief was not solely on legally shaky floor when he ordered the raid of a weekly newspaper, specialists stated, however it could have been a felony violation of civil rights, a former federal prosecutor added, saying: “I’d in all probability have the FBI beginning to look.”

Some authorized specialists imagine the Aug. 11 raid on the Marion County Report’s places of work and the house of its writer violated a federal privateness regulation that protects journalists from having their newsrooms searched. Some imagine it violated a Kansas regulation that makes it harder to drive reporters and editors to reveal their sources or unpublished materials.

A part of the controversy facilities round Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody’s causes for the raid. A warrant recommended that police have been searching for proof that the Report’s workers broke state legal guidelines in opposition to identification theft and laptop crimes whereas verifying details about a neighborhood restaurant proprietor. However the police additionally seized the pc tower and private cellphone belonging to a reporter who had investigated Cody’s background.