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Police blotter: Prosecutors want reporters’ hard drives | CNET
What: Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett demands reporters’ entire hard drives.

When: Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules on Oct. 6.

Outcome: Court denies attorney general’s request, saying it would be too invasive and create a chilling effect for journalists.

What happened, according to court documents: Investigators in the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, have become convinced that the Lancaster County coroner gave reporters for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal his password to a law enforcement Web site. That site contains nonpublic details of local crimes.

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