The revised procedures are
designed to give news organizations an opportunity to challenge any
subpoenas or search warrants in federal court.
organizations are to be informed of an impending document demand unless
the attorney general determines that notice would pose "a clear and
substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation, risk grave
harm to national security or present an imminent risk of death or
serious bodily harm," the new rule says.
rule emphasizes that members of the Justice Department may apply for a
search warrant to obtain a journalist's materials only when that person
is a focus of a criminal probe for conduct outside the scope of ordinary
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