Media lawsuit to unseal search warrant records connected to Stephen Paddock
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A lawsuit filed by attorneys for News 3 and six other news organizations seeks to unseal 14 search warrants connected to Stephen Paddock.
They were obtained and executed by police in the days following the Route 91 concert shooting on Oct. 1.
“The search warrants are broad, authorizing the authorities to search and seize people, cars, computer hard drives, telephones,” according to the lawsuit.
Attorneys say the public’s right to know more about the police response, outweighs the desire for secrecy, because there’s no pending criminal trial or search for a suspect.
“Only observing the activities of law enforcement and the courts can the public assure itself that its government’s response was (and is) appropriate, lawful, and effective,” attorneys argue in the petition.
The petition to unseal search warrant records was originally on the calendar for 9 a.m. Thursday, but has since been postponed. A new date has not been listed as of this time.
In addition to News 3, Las Vegas attorneys Joel Tasca and Justin Shiroff are representing American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., The Associated Press, Cable News Network, Inc., Los Angeles Times Company, and The Washington Post.