Privacy and civil rights briefs

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled police may not expand a traffic stop into a drug case without probable cause.

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Congress and 10 former CIA officials are calling for a broader probe of the Valerie Plame case where someone in the White House leaked her identity as a CIA official.

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Government regulations are requiring cell phone networks to have tracking capability to determine caller’s location, especially if the caller phones 911. Some cell phone companies are protesting because they don’t want their product to become a tracking device.

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A state appeals court has ruled that a former police officer may sue two FBI agents he says tried to frame him for murder.

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A federal judge has ruled part of the USA Patriot Act unconstitutional. The judge said a ban on giving any aid to a suspected terrorist group is too vague.

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A border agent told a public hearing that there were enough suspicious things about hijacker Mohamed Atta that customs agents should have refused entry to the U.S. for the alleged 9-11 ringleader.

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The U.S. Supreme Court said it will rule in the fall on whether capital punishment may be applied to persons under 18.

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Four of the seven Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate oppose the Patriot Act. Republican candidates are unanimous in supporting it.

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