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Zurcher v Stanford Daily

Zurcher v Stanford Daily - b II Legal Questions presented a...

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Zurcher v. Stanford Daily 1977 I. Facts a. In 1971, officers of the Palo Alto, California, Police Department obtained a warrant to search the main office of The Stanford Daily, the student newspaper at the university. It was believed that The Stanford Daily had pictures of a violent clash between a group of protesters and the police; the pictures were needed to identify the assailants. The officers searched The Daily's photographic laboratories, filing cabinets, desks, and waste paper baskets, but no materials were removed from the office. This case was decided together with Bergna v. Stanford Daily, involving the district attorney and a deputy district attorney who participated in the obtaining of the search warrant.
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Unformatted text preview: b. II. Legal Questions presented a. Did the search of The Daily's newsroom violate the First and Fourth Amendments? b. III. Answers a. In a 5-to-3 decision, the Court held that the "third party" search of the newsroom did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The Court held that such searches, accompanied by warrants, were legitimate when it had been "satisfactorily demonstrated to the magistrate that fruits, instrumentalities, or evidence of crime is located on the premises." The Court also found that the Framers of the Constitution "did not forbid warrants where the press was involved." IV. Reasons (by ___) a. Form of argument b. Legal doctrines V. Dissent reasons VI. Concurring reasons Notes...
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  • Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Stanford Daily, V. Dissent reasons, waste paper baskets, The Stanford Daily

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