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Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process. The decision means the high court will not take the unusual step of short-circuiting appeals courts...

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Plaintiffs: No-fly list deprives due process right

Thirteen people say their placement on the no-fly list deprives them of their due process rights, while lawyers defending the U.S. government say explaining such placement would involve classified information and endanger national security. In August, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown’s rejected the government’s assertion that people on the no-fly list can travel by...

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U.S. judge blocks warrantless searches of Oregon drug database

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that U.S. government attempts to gather information from an Oregon state database of prescription drug records violates constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision, in a case originally brought by the state of Oregon, as the first time a federal judge...

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Terrorism Lawyer’s Access to Secret Papers Fought by U.S.

Federal prosecutors will fight a judge’s decision to let a defense lawyer see secret foreign intelligence papers that may have led to evidence against his client, the first such ruling in a U.S. terrorism case. The government filed a notice of intent to appeal yesterday in federal court in Chicago, where U.S. District Judge Sharon...

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