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A judge’s ‘blow against government secrecy’

The “national security letters” issued by the FBI seeking private information about individuals’ bank accounts, communications and other activities are unconstitutional because they ban recipients from even acknowledging they exist. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco ruled that the FBI must cease issuing the gag orders, but put the decision on hold in …

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Government’s dangerous crackdown on whistle-blowers

In a New York Times op-ed, two esteemed First Amendment advocates argue that the Private Bradley Manning case underscores a grave threat to the press and public — no matter what you think of Manning’s judgment when he released volumes of documents to WikiLeaks. While attorney Floyd Abrams argues that Manning acted carelessly, Harvard law …

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California appeals court upholds juvenile judge in barring juvenile from gang activities

A California minor lost a round in court in his attempts to challenge a juvenile court judge’s ruling that prohibited him from associating with gang members or possessing gang clothing, tattoos or insignia. The restrictions were imposed as a condition 0f probation and challenged by the juvenile as vague since he argued that “gang” and …

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Free speech: Federal appeals court rules man can pursue suit over firing from government job

A former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo fired from his job at the Library of Congress for criticizing the Obama administration in op-ed pieces in major newspapers can pursue his case against the library to get his job back according to a ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  -db From a commentary for the …

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New York court rules falsely calling someone ‘gay’ no longer defamatory

A New York appeals court decided that a upper New York state man could not sue for defamation after someone called him gay. The court argued that the history of legal precedents on the act was based on the assumption that it was a disgrace to be described as gay which is now no longer …

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News Corp could face some 500 claims in phone-hacking scandal

Lawyers in a British court said that there could be as many as 500 civil claims over illegal phone hacking by reporters for the now defunct News of the World tabloid owned by News Corp. One hundred and ten suits have been filed already and about half of those settled including high profile cases brought …

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