The Kansas Coalition for Open Government condemns the search and seizure of the offices of the Marion County Record and the home of its publisher because authorities entirely ignored First Amendment rights. Making matters worse, law enforcement has refused to explain why the search warrant was issued. Given the publicity surrounding this matter, and that details of the incident have been heavily publicized as a result of the reporting by the Record and others, there is no longer any reason to withhold the affidavit supporting the request to issue the search warrant. Moreover, disclosure of such an affidavit is presumed under Kansas law. The Coalition calls on law enforcement to release the affidavit immediately so the public can assess whether the search and seizure was justified.