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Thursday, July 12, 2007
 
Update on the AP's Efforts to Obtain Redacted Names in Search Warrant Affidavit

Three weeks ago, I discussed the filing of a federal court petition by the Associated Press to make public the names of MLB players who were blacked out by federal prosecutors in an affidavit signed by a government agent in connection with a search warrant obtained on Jason Grimsley's home. The affidavit with the names redacted was made available to the public but not the unredacted version. The latest press release reveals that prosecutors did not provide the names of the blacked out players to MLB steroids investigator George Mitchell afterall. This week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco responded to the applications filed in federal court by the AP and Hearst Corp., saying that both motions were a "thinly veiled attempt to benefit financially" by publicizing the names of people involved in the government's steroid probe and does not serve a public need.

The MLBPA also filed papers stating: "Disclosure of players' names would irreversibly link them with criminal conduct, even if that link were contrary to other known facts. The AP's publication of redacted names will result in the indictment and conviction of these individuals in the court of public opinion."

No doubt about it....





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Some news regarding the New York case:

MLBPA's motion to intervene in the the Kirk Radomski case in New York was filed Monday and granted Tuesday by Judge Thomas C. Platt,Eastern District of New York. Radomski was a clubhouse attendant for the Mets and pleaded guilty to distributing performance-enhancing substances and money laundering in April. The Hearst Corporation is seeking the names of players that were blacked out in a search-warrant affidavit for Radomski’s home.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/sports/baseball/11steroids.html?ex=1341806400&en=0d82e73f3db42eb6&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

Blogger Jimmy H -- 7/13/2007 10:36 AM  


"This week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco responded to the applications filed in federal court by the AP and Hearst Corp., saying that both motions were a 'thinly veiled attempt to benefit financially' by publicizing the names of people involved in the government's steroid probe and does not serve a public need."

This is a silly comment. All activities by for-profit media are attempts to benefit financially. That does not lead to less First Amendment scrutiny.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 7/13/2007 10:56 AM  


BTW: The AP is a not-for-profit cooperative, though it would certainly derive benefits from publishing the names.

Anonymous DonK -- 7/13/2007 11:45 PM  


Yes the AP is a not-for-profit cooperative, which means it is owned by its members. who are those members? 1,500 daily newspapers that just like donk said in the previous post certainly derives a benefit from publishing these names.

Just for fun, lets take a quick look at who runs the AP.

William Dean Singleton – Chairman
Vice Chairman and CEO
MediaNews Group Inc.
MediaNews Group Inc. publishes:
23 daily newspapers in California where they seek to get full Grimsley warrant, and many more in other states...

Gary Pruitt – Vice Chairman
Chairman, President and CEO
The McClatchy Company
McClathy publishes:
5 daily newspapers in Cali, and many more in other states...

Dennis J. FitzSimons
Chairman, President and CEO
Tribune, Co.
Publishes:
Newsday (Long Island, NY), Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, etc...

Victor F. Ganzi
President and CEO
Hearst Corporation
Publishes:
San Francisco Chronicle, and 11 other daily news papers, plus ownership in ESPN, XM radio and others...

So while the AP is "not-for-profit" it's members definately are for profit and the board members are responsible for some of the most powerful media groups in the country.

Blogger Jimmy H -- 7/14/2007 12:19 AM  


I enjoy reading these updates. thanks

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