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Washington Times sues Homeland Security for seizing reporting materials

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The Washington Times is suing the Department of Homeland Security in Maryland federal court for what it alleges was an…

The Washington Times is suing the Department of Homeland Security in Maryland federal court for what it alleges was an unlawful search and seizure of a reporter's newsgathering material.

Former Times reporter Audrey Hudson’s home was searched by the Maryland State Police and federal officials on Aug. 6. The warrant permitted them to search for unregistered firearms and a potato launcher belonging to Hudson’s husband. But officials also took documents from the home, including Hudson's reporting notes naming confidential sources in the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Air Marshal Service.

The Washington Times also reported that the documents, once in police custody, were removed from the evidence holding room for one hour on Sept. 3 without a record of why they were removed or what was done with them.

The newspaper and Hudson are asking the court to order that any of Hudson's "property that has been unlawfully seized" be returned to Hudson. Additionally, they are seeking permission to take testimony from an agent involved in the search to inquire how and with whom the documents were shared within the government.