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20 Jul 2013

Under the auspices of combating terror, the Bush administration took many steps following 9/11 that according to some have curtailed civil rights. Chief among these was the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which was signed by Bush on October 26, 2001. The original legislation contained 10 titles … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a lawsuit seeking to declare parts of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] unconstitutional must be dismissed for lack of standing. Brandon Mayfield [JURIST news archive], an attorney arrested [JURIST report] in 2004 … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed notice [PDF text] Tuesday that it will appeal last month's district court decision [opinion, PDF] that found provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] to be unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used the Patriot Act to search … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A US district judge ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that two provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] that deal with physical search and electronic eavesdropping are unconstitutional. Brandon Mayfield [JURIST news archive], the Oregon attorney arrested [JURIST report] and detained for two weeks in May 2004 after … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Brandon Mayfield [JURIST news archive], the Oregon attorney arrested [JURIST report] and detained for two weeks in May 2004 after the FBI mistakenly concluded that his fingerprints matched [JURIST report] those found on a bag containing detonators used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US government agreed to pay $2 million Wednesday in a settlement agreement [PDF text] with Brandon Mayfield, the attorney arrested [JURIST report] and detained for two weeks in May 2004 after the FBI mistakenly established that his fingerprints matched [JURIST report] those found on a bag containing detonators … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Inspector General [official website], the internal watchdog of the US Department of Justice [official website], concluded [DOJ report, PDF] on Friday that the FBI did not misuse the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] but instead blamed the FBI for "sloppy work" when it wrongly linked an Oregon lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Gerry Spence [law firm website], the lawyer for Brandon Mayfield, the Muslim-convert Portland attorney arrested and accused of involvement in Madrid's 2004 terrorist bombings, said in court [JURIST report] Friday that FBI agents intentionally withheld information from a judge in order to obtain a material witness arrest warrant for … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Brandon Mayfield [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], a Portland lawyer and Muslim convert, returns to a federal courthouse in Portland Friday for a pretrial hearing in his civil lawsuit against the US government. A little over a year ago Mayfield was arrested as a suspect in the Madrid train … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from earlier today, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] has acknowledged for the first time that provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text] were used in the investigation against Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon attorney wrongly accused [JURIST report] of ties to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] In an annual report [text] to Congress Friday, the US Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs [official website] revealed that the government applied for and was granted a record number of special warrants in 2004. The report submitted by Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella [official website], revealed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A US Department of Justice report released Friday described allegations of mistreatment of Muslim prisoners at several US federal prisons and documented one instance where a warden and guards discriminated and retaliated against Muslim inmates who had complained. The allegations and findings were contained in a regular semi-annual report … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2004
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A panel of forensics experts have concluded that institutional intimidation at the FBI prevented agents from correcting an obvious mistake that led to the arrest of an innocent Oregon lawyer in connection with the Madrid train bombings last spring. The panel's report, which was published in the November/December issue … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2004
by Jeannie Shawl

As expected, Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield has filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the federal government targeted him in the wake of the March Madrid train bombings because of his Muslim faith. Mayfield was arrested in connection with the bombings after being linked by the FBI to a … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2004
by Jeannie Shawl

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has opened an investigation into the mistaken arrest of Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield in connection with March's terrorist attack in Madrid, saying the USA Patriot Act [PDF] may have been improperly used. Mayfield's arrest was based on what turned out to be … [read more]

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