Opinion: The Loopholes May be Smaller in the Justice Department’s New Media Rules, but They’re Still There


The news media is lavishing praise on the new guidelines issued by Attorney General Merrick Garland to limit when prosecutors go after journalists’ phone and email records. The guidelines replace rules set out in January 2015 by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, designed to restrict the ability of prosecutors to seize phone records and other data from reporters when prosecutors were seeking to identify their sources in leak investigations.

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