FILE – In this May 10, 2019, file image, taken from video provided by Bryan Carmody, San Francisco police armed with sledgehammers execute a search warrant at journalist Bryan Carmody’s home in San Francisco. Documents released Tuesday, July 23, 2019, reveal that in seeking court approval to search a man’s cellphone records to uncover who leaked a confidential police report to him, investigators at the San Francisco Police Department didn’t tell a judge the man is a freelance journalist. (Bryan Carmody/@bryanccarmody via AP, File) SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators seeking a court order to search a man’s cellphone records to find out who leaked a report on the death of a San Francisco public defender failed to clearly tell a judge the target was a freelance journalist, documents unsealed Tuesday revealed. The journalist, Bryan Carmody, had his home and office raided in May by police investigating the leak. News media groups have criticized it as a violation of California’s shield law, which protects journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources and from search warrants. Last week, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Rochelle East, who authorized a search of Carmody’s cellphone records, ruled the warrant never should have been issued and… Read full this story
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