Newspaper goes to fed court over reporter’s notes

From The Washington Post: WASHINGTON — A Washington newspaper has asked a federal judge to force the Coast Guard to return any documents and copies of records it seized from a reporter while searching her home last summer as part of a gun investigation involving her husband.

Lawyers for The Washington Times and former reporter Audrey Hudson, now a freelance journalist, filed the 66-page motion Thursday in federal court in Maryland. The motion also asks that lawyers for Hudson and the newspaper be allowed to question a Coast Guard Investigative Service agent about what information from the reporter’s files may have been shared with other government officials.

According to Hudson and court records, Special Agent Miguel Bosch seized Hudson’s records in August while he was at her Maryland home with state police investigators searching for guns and related items owned by her husband, a civilian Coast Guard employee.

The filing is directed at the Homeland Security Department. The Coast Guard is part of the department.

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