The Supreme Court held that newspaper offices do not have any special protection from searches and seizures.
Local police clashed with demonstrators at Stanford University Hospital, and the school paper, The Stanford Daily, printed a photograph of the ruckus. Police hoped to find more photographs and obtained a warrant to search the paper’s office where, finding no pictures, they instead read confidential files. The paper sued under the First and Fourth Amendments, and the lower federal courts agreed. However, the Supreme Court ruled five to three against the Stanford paper. In his opinion for the Court, Justice Byron R. White
Justice Byron R. White, in his majority opinion in Zurcher, saw no special Fourth Amendment protections governing searches of press rooms.
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