The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is facing accusations of violating a reporter’s rights for its investigation into TMZ founder Harvey Levin’s sources. Levin’s phone records were obtained by the sheriff as part of an investigation into who leaked information over Mel Gibson’s arrest for drunk driving to TMZ back in 2006. Many media law experts argue that such action is illegal as state and federal law protects a reporter’s sources.
Despite these accusations, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department denies any intentional wrongdoing. They point out that they consulted with a prosecutor before requesting the search warrant for the phone records and that the warrant was approved by a judge. Journalism groups and media law experts, however, argue that government investigation into a reporter’s sources threatens the press’s independence as people may then feel reluctant to provide information.
Thus, it will be interesting to see if the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation does constitute as violation against state and federal law and how city officials plan to handle the matter. Call Wallin & Klarich today to see how this or any other criminal matter could potentially impact you, your loved ones, or your friends. Wallin & Klarich has been in the business of helping people with their criminal matters in their time of need for over 30 years and would like to help you with yours. Contact our CA criminal defense attorneys today by calling 1-888-280-6839 or visit www.wklaw.com for more information.