Supreme Court Still Not Ready To Hear Case Challenging NSA Surveillance
from the not-yet,-not-yet dept
While the Supreme Court Justices seem to recognize that they’ll eventually need to determine the constitutionality of the NSA’s surveillance efforts, for now it’s not letting cases about it jump the line to be heard. Back in November, it rejected an attempt by EPIC to skip the long process of first getting district court and appeals court rulings, and bring the issue straight to the Supreme Court. And now it’s done the same thing in a case that tried to skip the appeals court step.
As you may recall, back in December, district court judge Richard Leon ruled that the program was likely unconstitutional in a case brought by Larry Klayman, but then agreed to stay the ruling until the inevitable appeals process played itself out. Klayman decided to take a shot at going straight to the Supreme Court, saying that the “case is of such imperative public importance that it justifies deviation from normal appellate practice and requires immediate consideration and determination in the Supreme Court.”
The Supreme Court, however, appears to disagree. That doesn’t mean it won’t eventually hear such a case (potentially even this very case). But it does mean that the Court is in no rush to take on the constitutionality of the NSA’s surveillance efforts, and will let the process play out in various district and appeals courts over the next few years.