Feds Appealing Ruling That Said Warrantless Wiretapping Was Illegal; Will This Backfire?
from the thought-they'd-let-it-drop dept
However, in this one case, the government accidentally sent the proof to some lawyers, but then tried to pretend that the document was still "secret" and claimed "national security" reasons for why the proof could not be shown in court. The whole thing was yet another silly game of coverup. So it was big news last March when the government lost the case.
However, soon after that ruling, people started pointing out that the government might not appeal the case, because it could just "accept" the ruling, pay whatever fines, and then just go on doing what it was doing, since no one else could sue and there was nothing else to stop them. This thinking was given even more weight when the judge finally announced the awards to those who were spied on, and it amounted to pocket change.
So consider us surprised that the federal government has indicated it plans to appeal the ruling. It's entirely possible that it's only appealing on very specific and narrow grounds, but it does seem like an odd decision, and it makes me wonder if the government might not regret it if it ends up losing the appeal, and getting a more serious punishment.