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NEWS: Patriot Act Judged ‘Unconstitutional’, Portions Struck Down by Los Angeles Judge

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posted on Feb, 8 2004 @ 09:28 PM
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A condition of the Patriot Act that forbids providing aid to groups loosely defined by the government as terrorist organizations has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins stating the provision is too vague to enforce and violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments.
 

In the first ruling to strike down part of the Patriot Act, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins in Los Angeles said the provision is too vague to enforce and violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments, which protect freedom of speech and defendants from self-incrimination, respectively.

“The USA Patriot Act places no limitation on the type of expert advice and assistance which is prohibited and instead bans all expert advice and assistance regardless of its nature,” said the ruling released Jan. 26.

The Justice Department said the ruling is being reviewed.


www.americanfreepress.net...




posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 06:46 AM
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Wahoooo!!!!


That's encouraging news!



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:41 PM
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It is good to hear. Resolutions have also been passed in Hawaii and Alaska.



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:49 PM
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That's excellent news.

Come on New Mexico... they better strike it down too >_>



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:51 PM
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Remember that this is only striking down parts of the act. But I too am happy because the act was in its entirety too much. Hopefully the democratic system is still showing some teeth.



posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:52 PM
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Agreed, THENEO. But it's a hell of a lot better than apathetic acceptance of the act in it's entirety.



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