Portion of terror law found to violate First Amendment

05/16/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // justicenews // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – A portion of the National Defense Authorization Act has been deemed a violation of the First Amendment by a federal judge. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled on Wednesday that the part of the law which grants the government broad regulatory powers in detaining, interrogating, and prosecuting those suspected of terrorism, violated the rights of individuals under First Amendment protection. A lawsuit was filed in January as a challenge to the measure, which was signed into law in December.

Bruce Afran, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, is quoted by the AP as stating of the judge’s ruling, “She’s held that the government cannot subject people to indefinite imprisonment for engaging in speech, journalism or advocacy, regardless of how unpopular those ideas might be to some people.”

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