The U.S. Supreme Court made it clear Monday: Police violate the Constitution when they let journalists join them while executing search and arrest warrants.
But whether anyone will collect from these Fourth Amendment violations remains to be seen. In a pair of companion cases, the high court said law enforcers were immune from liability. And in the case involving Cable News Network, the justice left open the question of whether news organizations could 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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