Forced erasures of Scalia speech outrage journalists

Jesus, what next??? From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Several journalism groups are expressing outrage over the actions of a deputy marshal who forced the erasure of two journalists’ audio recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school.

The U.S. Marshals Service stopped short of fully defending the deputy’s actions.

“The deputy’s actions were based on the justice’s standing policy prohibiting such recordings of his remarks,” said Marshals Service spokesman David Turner.

Officials at Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg did not announce the policy before Scalia’s Wednesday appearance there.

Two reporters recorded the beginning of Scalia’s speech but were ordered to stop and to delete their tapes. One reporter complied, the other refused.

The Associated Press reported that at the event Deputy Marshal Melanie Rube demanded that an AP reporter erase a digital recording of the speech.

The reporter resisted, but when the deputy took the recording device from her, she showed the deputy how to erase the speech, the AP said.
Rube also made a reporter with the Hattiesburg American erase her tape, the AP said.

The U.S. Marshals service did not dispute the AP account of what had happened.
“In such cases the Marshals Services takes the appropriate actions,” said Turner.

But when asked whether the deputy’s actions were “appropriate,” the spokesman replied, “I can’t go that far right now.”

Heads need to roll for this one…

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