FREE PRESS -- A judge ruled last week that a San Francisco State University photojournalism student who was at the
scene of a Bayview neighborhood street killing was a working journalist
in the eyes of state law and did not have to surrender his photos to
police, reports Jaxon Van Derbeken for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Francisco Superior Court Judge Tomar Mason ordered police to return
evidence they seized from the student's apartment after the killing,
saying the man was covered by California's shield law for journalists.
The law allows journalists to keep sources confidential and to withhold
unpublished information from law enforcement.