- On May 3, police obtained a warrant to search the student's San Francisco home for the photographs, other possible evidence and even obtain his DNA. They seized some items, but it is not clear whether they found the photos.
The student has not returned to the apartment and has not been in direct contact with police, investigators say. He is being represented for free by an attorney who works with San Francisco State's journalism department, who says he will try to quash the search warrant on the grounds that the student is covered by the state shield law.
"The shield law is designed to allow reporters to cover events without becoming witnesses," said the attorney, Jim Wagstaffe, an expert on First Amendment law. Without that protection, he said, journalists could be forced to become "shills for police."
"In this case," Wagstaffe said, "it would appear the police have other information, and we would hope they would turn to that other information."