October 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties ...[read more]
September 3, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. The lawsuit was brought by ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis &#38 Clark Law School argues that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on the NSA's telephone records program is likely best directed toward statutory changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act rather than influencing ...[read more]
July 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On September 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. The act defines marriage as between one man and one woman for the purpose of excluding homosexual couples from the institution of marriage. DOMA also exempts state-recognized same-sex marriages from the Full Faith and Credit ...[read more]
March 15, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Judge Merrick Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling which allowed the CIA to refuse to confirm or deny whether it has records pertaining to the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. The case arises from a Freedom of Information ...[read more]
October 17, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 17, 2011, the Office of the Secretary of State from the state of Washington released the names of over 100,000 people who signed a petition for a referendum opposing domestic partnerships. This arose from the case of Doe 1 v. Reed, in which the judge decided that the plaintiffs failed ...[read more]
September 11, 2012
by Julia Zebley
A judge for the Superior Court of Quebec ruled Monday that the Canadian federal government cannot end the Quebec long-gun registry. The decision invalidated two parts of the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act and ordered the federal government to release any records on Quebec gun owners to the ...[read more]
February 17, 2012
by Cody Harding
On February 17, 2011, the US House of Representatives voted 279-143 to extend three surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act through May 27, 2011. A similar extension had been approved by the Senate the previous day. Passed in 2001 after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Act was set to ...[read more]
October 27, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On October 27, 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) withdrew their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patriot Act after Congress amended the contested provision as part of the law's extension in 2006. The ACLU had argued that Section 215, which allowed federal agents to ...[read more]
June 16, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 16, 2008, a judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeking access to email records from the White House Office of Administration (OA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). ...[read more]

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