Court halts police subpoena for media’s protest images

SEATTLE (AP) — Less than 24 hours before a court order would have required five Seattle media companies to turn over unpublished photos and videos to police, the state Supreme Court has granted them a temporary respite. The Seattle Times reports a Washington state Supreme Court commissioner on Thursday postponed a King County judge’s order from last month that would have required The Seattle Times and four television stations to comply with a Seattle police subpoena by handing over images taken during racial injustice protests. Instead, Commissioner Michael E. Johnston agreed with the news companies’ motion for an emergency stay to the judge’s order while the high court considers the media groups’ appeal of the ruling.