Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act

September 7, 2007

Author: Richard B. Schmitt

Source: Balitmore Sun


WASHINGTON - The Bush administration suffered another legal setback yesterday when a federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled that investigators eventually must obtain a court's approval when ordering Internet providers and phone companies to turn over records without telling customers.

The ruling suggests that despite Congress' attempts to put the Patriot Act on firmer constitutional ground, it still faces significant legal challenges. If upheld on appeal, Marrero's decision could mean major new oversight of the FBI's use of a controversial investigative technique.