Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Federal Judges, Morning Docket, Tobacco / Smoking

Morning Docket: 8.18.06

* A federal judge in Detroit — Judge Anna Diggs Taylor (E.D. Mich.) — has struck down the NSA warrantless wiretapping program as unconstitutional. The Justice Department is appealing. [New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times]
* A federal judge in Washington, D.C. — Judge Gladys Kessler (D.D.C.) — has ruled against major cigarette manufacturers in the government’s racketeering suit against Big Tobacco. She imposed new restrictions on cigarette manufacturing (but didn’t go as far as the Justice Department would have liked). Federal judges sure are busy these days! [New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times]
* John M. Karr’s claim of involvement in JonBenet Ramsey’s murder: confession, or crazy talk? [New York Times]
* Merck loses the latest Vioxx trial, in federal court, and a prior Merck win in state court is tossed out by a judge. [Wall Street Journal]

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