Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:42

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • person: includes a body of persons, whether incorporated or not. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 1:10
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.

A.  No search warrant shall issue directing the seizure of property belonging to, or directing the search of the premises occupied by, any person engaged in the business of collecting, writing, editing, or disseminating news through a news media unless there is probable cause, established by affidavit, to believe that such person or an employee thereof has committed a criminal offense and that the search or seizure is directed toward that offense.  

B.  As used in this Section, “news media” means newspapers or other periodicals issued at regular intervals, press associations, wire services, radio, and television.  

Added by Acts 1981, No. 46, §1.