Judge spars with Justice Department over media protections

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A federal magistrate judge is challenging the Justice Department’s refusal to detail how it dealt with First Amendment and free press concerns before seeking to bring Capitol-riot-related criminal charges against Owen Shroyer, a Texas man who hosts a TV program on the right-wing, conspiracy-oriented Infowars website.

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui granted the government’s request for an arrest warrant against Shroyer on several misdemeanor charges relating to entering a restricted area at the Capitol on Jan. 6. During a telephone conference,

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