Tuesday, April 1, 2008

SUPREME COURT RESTRICTS FBI SEARCHES OF CAPITOL HILL

GUARDIAN UK The US Supreme Court refused to hear the Bush administration's defense of a government raid on a Democratic congressman who was charged with corruption after police found $90,000 in his kitchen freezer. The court's decision is a legal victory for the Democrat, William Jefferson of Louisiana, who argued that his status as a congressman should have allowed him control over private papers taken by the FBI in a 2006 raid on his office. . . In challenging the raid of his office, Jefferson invoked the so-called "speech or debate" clause of the US constitution, which shields the job-related material of members of Congress. A lower US court sided with Jefferson last year, finding that the FBI was allowed too close to his private congressional material while searching for unrelated evidence against him.

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