The U.S. Supreme Court made it clear Monday: Police violate the Constitutionwhen they let journalists join them while executing search and arrestwarrants.
But whether anyone will collect from these Fourth Amendment violationsremains to be seen. In a pair of companion cases, the high court saidlaw enforcers were immune from liability. And in the case involving CableNews Network, the justices left open the question of whether news organizationscould be sued for going along with the cops. Wilson v. Layne, No. 98-83,Hanlon v. Berger, No. 97-1927 (U.S. May 24, 1999).
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