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Justice Department: No More Secret Subpoenas for News Organization – With Exceptions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department has pledged to stop secretly subpoenaing news organizations – for the most part.

Fox News reports that the Justice Department is changing its policy to notify news agencies of its desire to obtain records in leak investigations.

The revision will allow news organizations to challenge search warrants or subpoenas in federal court, Fox News wrote.

The change comes after the Justice Department subpoenaed telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press.

The Justice Department, however, said exemptions may apply in some cases.

Justice Department Says It Alerted Fox News to Surveillance of Reporter in 2010

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The revelation last week that the Justice Department was spying on a Fox News reporter provoked a response of shock and outrage from the network.

Turns out, the news shouldn’t have been all that surprising.

The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors alerted Rosen by email and sent a certified letter to Fox’s parent company in 2010.

“The government provided notification of those subpoenas nearly three years ago by certified mail, facsimile, and e-mail,” according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

News Corps. denies ever receiving a notice.

“We do not have a record of ever having received it,” a company spokesman told The Post.

FBI Brings Heat on Small Indiana Town over Questionable Bid Awards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

City officials in a small Indiana town were served grand jury subpoenas as part of an investigation involving loans and grants since 2007, FOX 19 reports.

The mayor, city council president and treasurer were served in what a city councilman described as illegal bid-awarding deals.

FOX 19 wrote that state police and IRS investigators were on hand.

The news agency was unable to reach the city officials for comment.