Supreme Court Declines Speedy Review of NSA Phone Program


Steven Nelson
U.S. News & World Report
April 7, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court denied conservative legal activist Larry Klayman’s request for a fast-tracked review of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records on Monday.

Klayman won a preliminary injunction against the program – stayed pending appeal – from U.S. District Judge Richard Leon on Dec 16. Leon deemed the collection “almost Orwellian” and almost certainly a violation of the Fourth Amendment. He did not address Klayman’s First and Fifth Amendment arguments in the preliminary decision.

The Department of Justice appealed Leon’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but Klayman sought to leapfrog that appeals court and take the case directly to the Supreme Court.

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