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Monday, September 26, 2011

Federal judge ruled Patriot Act provisions unconstitutional
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On September 26, 2007, the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that provisions of the USA Patriot Act which amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) were unconstitutional. The suit was originally brought by Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield, following his arrest and detention in 2004. While the District Court initially ruled that the Patriot Act's expansion of electronic eavesdropping and physical searches violated the Fourth Amendment, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ultimately dismissed the lawsuit for lack of standing.

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