— The first motion comes from Carmody himself. His lawyer, Thomas Burke, is asking the court to “quash and revoke” the search warrants police used. The motion also asks the court to order police to “return all of the seized property” immediately.
“We are optimistic…”
On Monday evening I spoke with Carmody about the case. Carmody told me that he thinks he is on “pretty good legal ground” and should prevail on Tuesday. “It appears what [the SF police] did was illegal, and we just want to get that reversed,” he told me. Carmody said that the support he’s received has been “surreal” and that it’s “heartening to see that people are paying attention.”
David Snyder, the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, also told me that while “it’s always impossible to predict” the outcome of court cases, he believes they have a “very strong legal argument.” He explained that applications for search warrants “are supposed to become public after a warrant is executed” and should have been “made public already.” Snyder concluded to me, “We are optimistic because the law is clearly on our side.”
District attorney says he “can’t imagine” how the search “would be appropriate”
Mayor changes tune…
“And the more we learn, the less appropriate it looks to me,” the mayor tweeted. Breed added, “A free and independent press plays a crucial role in our society, and we have to work harder to honor not only the letter of California’s Shield Law, but also the spirit of it.”