Courtroom paperwork suggests purpose for police raid of Kansas newspaper

The police chief who led the raid of a Kansas newspaper alleged in beforehand unreleased in court docket paperwork {that a} reporter both impersonated another person or lied about her intentions when she obtained the driving data of an area enterprise proprietor.

However reporter Phyllis Zorn, Marion County Report Editor and Writer Eric Meyer and the newspaper’s lawyer stated Sunday that no legal guidelines had been damaged when Zorn accessed a public state web site for data on restaurant operator Kari Newell.

The raid carried out Aug. 11 and led by Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody introduced worldwide consideration to the small central Kansas city that now finds itself on the heart of a debate over press freedoms. Police seized computer systems, private cellphones and a router from the newspaper, however all objects had been launched Wednesday after the county prosecutor concluded there wasn’t sufficient proof to justify the motion.