Tags: police | south | carolina

Critics Say SC Bill Would Create 'Secret Police' State

Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 12:37 PM

By Andra Varin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would give police and prosecutors unrestricted power to conceal crimes and arrests from the public, critics charge.
 
“This goes a long way in creating a secret police operation in South Carolina,” Columbia lawyer Jay Bender, a University of South Carolina media law professor, told The State newspaper. Bender represents several media organizations, including the company that owns The State.
 
The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chris Murphy, would empower law enforcement officials to withhold “information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action or criminal prosecution.”
 
Murphy told The State the bill is meant to allow authorities to deny Freedom of Information requests from the media that could put witnesses or investigations at risk.
 
“You could still to get police reports and everything else,” Murphy said. “All my amendment really did in my opinion was add protection for disclosure of information that could be harmful to a victim or a witness.”
 
Bender said the Freedom of Information  law already contains provisions that allow authorities to keep information confidential to protect witnesses and victims, but the law enforcement agency must explain to a judge the need to keep the information secret.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Judge Blocks Obamacare Tax Rule for Non-Exchange States

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 19:15 PM

An Oklahoma federal judge dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's health-care law, invalidating IRS rules aimed at maki . . .

Comments on Mrs. Obama's Speech Off Limits, Reporters Told

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 19:07 PM

A creeped out Wisconsin journalist complains she was told by aides of Democratic Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mar . . .

Refugee Plan Set up for Central American Minors

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 17:13 PM

The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala an . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved