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Attorney General Releases New Guidance For Obtaining Journalist Records

On July 19, the Department of Justice released a memorandum from Attorney General Merrick Garland that features new guidelines for “obtaining information, or records of, members of the news media.” Garland notes that the Justice Department currently uses a balancing test when deciding whether or not to pursue a journalist’s records but that such a test “may fail to properly weigh the important national interests in protecting journalists from compelled disclosure of information revealing

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