Thursday, July 16, 2009

Judge: Shield law covers student in murder case

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Tomar Mason ruled Wednesday that an SF State photojournalism student who was at the scene of a Bayview neighborhood street killing was a working journalist and did not have to surrender his photos to police, according to the Chronicle. Mason ordered police to return evidence they seized from the student's apartment after the killing, saying the man was covered by California's shield law for journalists. The 22-year-old student has refused to talk to police about what he saw April 17 when Norris Bennett, 21, was gunned down during a dice game at Griffith Street and Navy Road.

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