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Re: City seeks tapes of Parkin interview about Police Department

On Thu, 5 Oct 2000 20:07:57 EDT Dib9@aol.com writes:
> In a message dated 10/5/00 7:44:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> dwcole@mediaone.net writes:
> << I hope the two stations stick by their guns.  Personally I would 
>  rather destroy any unedited material not aired before turning it 
> over 
>  to any law enforcement agency for any reason. >>
>destroying the tape 
> goes beyond 
> that into outright floating of the law.
> -- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine

I agree, at this point destroying the tapes would land the stations in a
heep o' trouble,  but when I was faced with the same issue (a matter that
is still unresolved) I made sure there is now a policy in place regarding
the destruction and recycling of broadcast material.  I certainly would
never hand over unedited tapes.  I think the lawyers for the tv stations
make a good point.  Since there is no ongoing investigation then the
subpoenas themselves are questionable.  I thought it was an interesting
comment from the police that they wanted the tapes for their
files...Correct me if I am wrong but I didn't think journalists were a
division of the police department, I don't know, maybe things are
different in Maine?  (tongue in cheek)


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