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When police raided a small-town Kansas newspaper

Local police raided the offices of the Marion County Record and the home of its publisher, in an unprecedented and potentially illegal move that is being called a violation of First Amendment rights.

On Friday, police officers in Marion, Kansas, raided the offices of its local newspaper, the Marion County Record, along with the home of Eric Meyer, the paper's publisher. The police — who obtained a search warrant by a county judge — claimed to be investigating allegations of "identity theft," after the newspaperobtained public records of drunk driving violations by local restauranteur Kari Newell.

On Up To date, KCUR's Steve Kraske spoke with Sherman Smith, editor in chief of Kansas Reflector, about what exactly happen and the legality of the situation going forward.

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