[govinfo] GovInfo News -- 1-29-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:04:05 -0500



- Padilla lawyers avoid sanctions for leaking  wiretap transcript





Patrice McDermott, Executive  Director

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- PADILLA LAWYERS AVOID SANCTIONS FOR LEAKING  WIRETAP TRANSCRIPT

Posted by Joshua Pantesco  on January 25, 2007


  US District Judge Marcia Clarke did not sanction a defense lawyer for alleged 
 terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] during Wednesday  
court hearings for violating a protective order that bars distribution of  
sensitive documents... [more]. [JURIST]



***- Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Spy Program
By ADAM LIPTAK
January 26, 2007



The Bush administration has employed extraordinary secrecy in defending the 
National Security Agency’s  highly classified domestic surveillance program 
from civil lawsuits.  Plaintiffs and judges’ clerks cannot see its secret 
filings. Judges  have to make appointments to review them and are not allowed 
to keep  copies.

Judges have even been instructed to use computers provided by the Justice 
Department to compose their decisions.

But now the procedures have started to meet resistance. At a private  meeting 
with the lawyers in one of the cases this month, the judges who  will hear the 
first appeal next week expressed uneasiness about the  procedures, said a 
lawyer who attended, Ann Beeson of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lawyers suing the government and some legal scholars say the  procedures 
threaten the separation of powers, the adversary system and  the lawyer-client 
privilege.

Justice Department officials say the circumstances of the cases,  involving a 
highly classified program, require extraordinary measures.  The officials say 
they have used similar procedures in other cases  involving classified 
materials. more
                                 

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