H.R.13284 - Press Protection Act95th Congress (1977-1978)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Drinan, Robert F. [D-MA-4] (Introduced 06/26/1978)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/26/1978 Referred to House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.13284 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/26/1978)
Press Protection Act - Prohibits any person acting under color of law, without a prior adversary court proceeding, from searching any place or seizing any things in the possession, custody, or control of any person engaged in the gathering or dissemination of news for the print or broadcast media, unless with a warrant issued by a court upon probable cause that such person has committed or is committing a criminal offense.
Establishes a criminal fine of not more than $10,000 for violation of this Act, and creates a civil cause of action for any person aggrieved by a violation. Allows punitive damages of up to $10,000, and reasonable attorneys fees.