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   Justice Scalia Sorry For Erasure Of Reporters' Recordings

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4/13/2004 12:00 am

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Entered 4/13/2004, Updated 4/13/2004

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Justice Scalia Sorry For Erasure Of Reporters' Recordings The San Francisco Chronicle Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia mailed letters of apology Friday to two Mississippi reporters who were required to erase audio recordings of a speech he gave at a high school there Wednesday. The reporters, for a wire service and a local newspaper, were asked to destroy the recordings by a deputy federal marshal at the end of a half-hour speech by Scalia at the Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg. Both Scalia and the U.S. Marshals Service have come under fire from advocates of media freedom, who said the erasure of the reporters' recordings was contrary to the spirit of the First Amendment, and possibly to a federal law that prohibits federal officers from confiscating news material even while investigating crimes. On Monday, Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, N.Y., and Patrick Leahy, Vt., took the issue a step further, sending a letter to Leonidas Ralph Mecham, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, denouncing the April 7 incident and asking that standards be set for media access to the speeches of federal judges.


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