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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Librarians in gags

Welcome to follow-up day, take two.

Remember when I mentioned that U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall had overturned the USA PATRIOT Act gag rule which prevented librarians, bookseller, et al. from even saying that their records had been subject to a warrantless search?

Well, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York decided that librarians look better with a gag and stayed Judge Hall's ruling until they can hear the government's appeal. The Circuit Court has given both sides until October 10 to submit their briefs, though no date for oral arguments has been assigned.

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