Friday, October 06, 2006

Anna Diggs Taylor body-slammed by 6th Circuit

In what is certain to crystallize as one of the harshest judicial rebukes in recent memory, the recent decision that held the NSA terrorist surveillance program unconstitutional was stayed, pending appeal. The original decision, on a case brought by the ACLU and heard by Jimmy Carter appointee judge Anna Diggs Taylor, has been termed "a lawless usurpation of power" and "a bad joke--an exercise so deficient in legal reasoning that it would fail a first-year law school class."

Without commentary, the 6th circuit's slapdown of Diggs Taylor bodes well for a program that appears utterly critical in maintaining national security:

The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave little explanation for the decision. In the three-paragraph ruling, judges said that they balanced the likelihood an appeal would succeed, the potential damage to both sides and the public interest.

In other words, it's entirely reasonable to expect that Diggs Taylor's weak and partisan ruling will receive the judicial beatdown it so richly deserves.

Exclusive transcript: conversation the NSA terrorist surveillance program picked up last month

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