Monday, June 21, 2010

Judge: UC wrongly searched news camera

A judge ruled June 18 that UC-Berkeley police improperly searched a journalist's camera after a protest in December at Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's campus home, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Yolanda Northridge ordered UC police to return all copies of photographs taken from David Morse's camera, said Morse's attorney, Geoffrey King.

Morse was taking pictures of the Dec. 11 demonstration for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, or Indybay. Morse said he identified himself as a journalist to police at least six times. The state's shield law is supposed to protect reporters and photographers from having their work seized by police.

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