See "This Is Not Nazi Germany."
So if I knew it, why didn't anyone working for the commonwealth attorney's office - presumably someone with an actual law degree - get it?
It would have saved the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Virginia a lot of dough:
State to pay $10,000 for seizing JMU photosI love that line about "her admission that a seizure of photos wasn't the right way to go." It was an unlawful seizure is what she's reluctant to say.
By Bob Stuart, The News Virginian
Harrisonburg -- Harrisonburg's top prosecutor and James Madison University's student newspaper have reached a settlement under which the state will pay $10,000 in legal fees that the paper accumulated while arguing against the seizure of staff photographs documenting a riot.
However, the student paper also agreed to turn over to the prosecutor 20 photos that it did not publish.
Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst also said yesterday that she will use subpoenas to obtain information from news organizations in the future, unless there is "an imminent need to prevent the loss of life or threat of bodily injury."
The Washington-based attorney for The Breeze said the most important piece of the settlement between the student newspaper and Garst was her admission that a seizure of photos wasn't the right way to go.
"I admire the commonwealth's attorney for her willingness to stand up and say so," said attorney Seth Berlin.
In a statement, Garst wrote of the "fear and concern" she caused the staff of The Breeze when executing an April 16 search warrant on the paper to obtain staff photos of the violence that occurred at Springfest six days earlier.
The off-campus block party led to the arrest of dozens and injuries to eight Harrisonburg police officers, authorities said.
Garst and several plainclothes officers went to The Breeze office April 16 and requested photos from Springfest that the newspaper declined to provide on the basis of reporter's privilege and the federal Privacy Protection Act.
Garst demanded the photos be turned over and said she would ask law enforcement to take steps to retrieve them by confiscating all office electronics.
After initial resistance, Breeze Editor Katie Thisdell turned over about 900 photos, including more than 600 shot at Springfest. [link]
Shockingly, this gal admits that she'll do it again (with the issuance of subpoenas). Let's assume there is intelligent life left in western Virginia. If so, could someone there please rein in this woman before she sets up camps and starts tattooing us all?