Justice Issues New Rules for Seizing Reporter Records

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By: Kevin Johnson | USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department issued new guidelines Friday aimed at bolstering government oversight when journalists’ records are sought for use in federal investigations.

The new rules, outlined in a 20-page document under the signature of Attorney General Eric Holder, promise that news organizations would be provided advance notice in most cases before the government sought records in leak inquiries and other investigations.

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