Computer searches are an area of search and seizure law that is still developing. One of the big questions centers around how far into a computer law enforcement can search. in relation to this issue, Jay Leiderman said:
“The warrant did not give the power to rummage through the journalist’s files,” Leiderman said, adding “there is no indication of why all this information needed to be seized”.
From: The Guardian article “Federal agents accused of unwarranted search through journalist’s computer”
The article portion that led to the quote is:
Federal agents have been accused of carrying out an improper search of documents contained on the computer of a former Reuters journalist who hasbeen charged with conspiring with hackers to deface the website of the Los Angeles Times.
At the US district court in Sacramento on Wednesday, an attorney for Keys, Jay Leiderman, said federal agents carried out a trawl of files on Keys’s computer in 2012 that was not allowed under their search warrant. He asked that information taken from the computer be suppressed by the court.