September 6, 2007
Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 12:25 p.m. ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act ''offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.''
Let's hear it for a judge with a conscience and a respect for his country.