Federal judge rules section of Patriot Act unconstitutional

US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled Wednesday that the section of the US Patriot Act allowing authorities to demand financial records from companies in terrorism investigations is unconstitutional.

Marrero concluded that the section bars any effective judicial challenge because the government does not need to show a compelling need for the information, and the act does not provide process for challenges to police action. The ACLU had brought the challenge to the provision. JURIST's Paper Chase has coverage of Patriot Act issues. Reuters has more.

UPDATE: Doe v. Ashcroft is now online here [PDF; 122 pages]. ACLU materials on the case are available here.

 

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