Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TMZ's Harvey Levin says rights violated by police

Harvey Levin (pictured), the openly gay founder of TMZ.com is very upset with the L.A.P.D. because they scanned his personal phone records while investigating into the person(s) who leaked Mel Gibson's drunk-driving arrest report back in 2006.

CBC reports:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department looked at the records in connection with a probe into who leaked a 2006 report on Mel Gibson's drunk-driving arrest to the website. Harvey Levin is promising a fight against police, saying his phone records were illegally obtained. In a speech Monday night to the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, he said he believes the department violated his rights. He termed the probe an assault on the First Amendment. "It breaks federal law. It breaks state law," Levin said. "It's outrageous. We've met with lawyers and are charting our course of action. This is not going to go away." Levin said he is consulting with his attorney about legal action. Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Levin's phone records were obtained legally. Both a judge and the district attorney's office signed off on the investigation, he said. "This was not about him," Whitmore said. "This was about looking at the unauthorized release of documents." READ MORE

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