DOJ likely to appeal Patriot Act decision

US Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday that the Justice Department will almost certainly appeal yesterday's district court ruling that the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF] violates the Constitution.

As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled Wednesday that the section of the Patriot Act allowing authorities to demand financial records from companies in terrorism investigations is unconstitutional because it bars any effective judicial challenge to the police action. Read Judge Marrero's 122-page opinion [PDF] and case materials from the ACLU. AP has more on the expected appeal.

 

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