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Court spectator sues judge for drug-testing him ‘on a hunch’

A Tennessee judge who ordered a court spectator to submit to a drug test based “on a hunch” is being sued for infringing on the spectator’s constitutional rights. Benjamin Marchant’s lawsuit (PDF) against Dickson County Judge Durwood Moore says Marchant was a spectator in the court in January of 2009,…

SCOTUS ruling means torture could return: civil rights group

The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by four former Guantanamo inmates who want to sue the US government for torture they say they endured during their stay at the prison camp, a move the inmates’ lawyers say could pave the way for future torture…

Court rules victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ can’t sue

Lawyer: Ruling places executive officials ‘above the law’ A Canadian citizen who was wrongly identified as a terrorist suspect and reportedly tortured in a Syrian prison for nearly a year after US authorities sent him there has lost his bid to sue the US government. In a 7 to 4…

Ex-Bush officials sued over terror policies

Republican-appointed judges won’t dismiss lawsuit against Ashcroft, Yoo High-ranking government officials are usually protected from claims that they violated a person’s civil rights. In lawsuits stemming from law enforcement and intelligence efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks, three federal courts have left open the possibility that former Attorney General John…

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