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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FILE - In this June 25, 2021 file photo, Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference on voting rights at the Department of Justice in Washington. Garland has formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations. Garland's directive Monday reverses years of department policy. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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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…

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