SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) - A superior court judge has put a stop to a search warrant used by San Francisco Police Department to seize a freelance journalist's cell phone records as part of an investigation into who leaked a police report on the death of SF public defender Jeff Adachi.
San Francisco Chronicle reports an attorney for videographer Bryan Carmody had argued the seizure of the phone records led to a raid on his home and office back in May
The defense lawyer had also claimed police and judges had violated federal and state law, including California's Shield Law, which protects journalists from being compelled to identify sources.
The ruling essentially bars investigators from using any evidence that was obtained with the warrant. The ruling also suggests police did not inform the judge that Carmody was a journalist.
Jeff Adachi was a frequent critic of San Francisco police.
The warrant quashed this afternoon was the initial warrant on my cell phone dated March 1st 2019. The first warrant issued in the case. pic.twitter.com/FWsMnBYZ3d— Bryan C. Carmody (@bryanccarmody) July 18, 2019