A Kansas newspaper was raided by cops after leaked DUI intel made its strategy to the writer — and lots of are calling it a chilling try at censorship over freedom of the press.
The Marion County Document was paid a go to Friday by the native authorities … who had been executing a warrant that had been signed by a choose, giving them the inexperienced mild to confiscate a ton of things — together with computer systems, telephones, exhausting drives and different information.
The rationale regulation enforcement stormed the place — to not point out the house of the writer, Eric Meyer — is because of a criticism a restaurateur on the town filed … particularly, accusing the Document of id theft/illegal use of a pc in placing collectively a chunk about her.
It is a sophisticated backstory — however, basically, this girl (Kari Newell) and the newspaper have apparently had some dangerous blood of late … and, within the aftermath of that, the Document says it not too long ago obtained a tip about her previous, revealing she’d as soon as gotten a DUI and had pushed and not using a license thereafter. This information may’ve hindered her enterprise prospects.
Whereas investigating the tip and confirming its veracity, the Document’s writer, Meyer, concluded the information was seemingly coming from Newell’s husband … whom she was in the midst of divorcing. In different phrases, questionable motives … so he determined to move on it altogether.
Nonetheless, he did extra than simply that … he truly alerted cops to the truth that this data had been leaked to them — though it is unclear why. In any case, it backfired.
It appears Newell turned aware of the very fact Meyer and co. had fallen into possession of this data, and believed they’d executed so illegally … one thing the Marion County Document denies. Nonetheless, she went to the cops and filed a criticism … which escalated right into a full search warrant that Marion County District Courtroom Justice of the Peace Decide Laura Viar signed.
The warrant lists various objects that regulation enforcement — which consisted of nearly 7 folks complete, your entire pressure in that little city — had been entitled to grab … and so they did. It goes with out saying … journalists far and large are crying foul, and saying that is an outrage.