Defendants Plan Suits Over NSA Surveillance
Last week I predicted that defense lawyers would soon start filing motions related to Bush's warrantless NSA surveillance. The New York Times reports lawyers from coast to coast are getting ready to hit the courts, and some will seek to reopen cases in which the defendants have been convicted and are serving their sentences.
Defense lawyers in terrorism cases around the country say they are preparing letters and legal briefs to challenge the N.S.A. program on behalf of their clients, many of them American citizens, and to find out more about how it might have been used. They acknowledge legal hurdles, including the fact that many defendants waived some rights to appeal as part of their plea deals.
Here are a sampling of the lawyers speaking up:
- Gerry Spence, who represents Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield in his civil action against the U.S. for arresting and detaining him as a material witness in the Spain bombings. Mayfield was later released with no charges brought.
- Lawyers for the Lackawanna (Buffalo) 6 and Portland 7 are considering challenges, as are those representing Jose Padilla's co-defendants.
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