James Madison U. Settles

I’ve written previously about Virginia police recently executing a search warrant on the James Madison University student newspaper. The search most likely violated the federal Privacy Protection Act, which is designed to prevent this type of heavy handed activity. The parties have reached a settlement. The state of Virginia will pay $10,000 to cover the paper’s legal fees and the cops will get to keep 20 photos of the 900 they originally seized. The paper’s editor announced she was satisfied with the deal. Maybe next time the cops will, you know, obey the law!