Garland Bars Prosecutors from Seizing Reporters’ Records
Attorney General Merrick Garland has formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy. The new policy largely codifies the commitment Garland made in June, when he said the Justice Department would abandon the practice of seizing reporters’ records in leak investigations. It aims to resolve a politically thorny issue that has long vexed Justice Department prosecutors trying to…