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KBI director on Marion County newspaper raid: Media is not ‘above the law’

Posted on AllSides August 14th, 2023
From The Left
Free Speech, First Amendment, Kansas
Sam Bailey/Kansas Reflector

The top law enforcement officer in Kansas appeared to justify a Marion County search warrant that led to an unprecedented raid on a local newspaper and potentially contributed to the death of the paper’s co-owner. 

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Tony Mattivi released a statement Sunday following widespread outrage of Friday’s raid, in which local law enforcement seized computers, cellphones and other reporting materials from the Marion County Record office and publisher Eric Meyer’s home. The raid was part of an investigation into the alleged identity theft of a restaurant owner...

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