The Record had learned of the DUI conviction of the restaurant owner who barred its reporters from an event with LaTurner — information that could jeopardize Newell’s ability to obtain a liquor license. The outlet ultimately refrained from publishing information on the conviction. Marion County District Court Magistrate Judge Laura Viar signed off on a search warrant for the raid in spite of the legal implications of targeting a news outlet with such an act. The warrant authorized police to seize devices used to “participate in the identity theft of Kari Newell,” according to the Reflector. Surveillance camera footage of the raid revealed officers photographing and seizing digital devices belonging to the outlet.
Longtime Marion County Record journalist Joan Meyer, 98, died Saturday less than 24 hours after a police raid at her home. https://t.co/HG5nIVHmyW— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) August 14, 2023
Emily Bradbury, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, described the raid as an attack on press freedoms in remarks provided to the Reflector. “An attack on a newspaper office through an illegal search is not just an infringement on the rights of journalists but an assault on the very foundation of democracy and the public’s right to know,” she said. “This cannot be allowed to stand.” Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody defended his department’s actions in an email statement provided to KSHB-TV’s Jessica McMaster. “The judicial system that is being questioned will be vindicated,” Cody predicted.
.@ABC News has obtained video of a police raid on a small-town Kansas newspaper. The publisher says his 98-year-old mother, with whom he co-owned the paper, died one day later from the stress she suffered. @ReporterFaith reports. https://t.co/vKpgofPtUd pic.twitter.com/izlHED52PI— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 14, 2023
A representative of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirmed the state agency was investigating the situation in a statement to the Reflector. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody will not provide our I-Team with any records regarding the raid he and his staff conducted on the offices of Marion County Record. We asked for the affidavit warrant among other records. Chief Cody tells us the judicial system “will be vindicated.” pic.twitter.com/PwbALm86A5— Jessica McMaster (@JessMcMasterKC) August 13, 2023