The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle will hear oral argument in Smith v. Obama, a case challenging the government's bulk collection of the telephone records of millions of innocent Americans. Anna Smith, an Idaho neonatal nurse and Verizon customer, argued that the program violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights by collecting a wealth of detail about her associations. With the case now on appeal, EFF and the ACLU have joined Mrs. Smith's legal defense.
We invite you to join us as we reject the government's spurious claims. By filling the courtroom, we hope to send a message to the government and the media that EFF members are on alert.
"Anna Smith proves that a single citizen has the power to stand up for her rights and challenge the government when it tramples them," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn on our decision to join the case. "EFF is proud to lend our expertise in pursuing her appeal, which could very well be one of the cases that makes it to the Supreme Court."
Oral Argument in Smith v. Obama
Peter Smith supported by EFF and the ACLU
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 9 AM
Court Calendar: Note that there are four additional hearings that morning and the order is not determined.
United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit
1010 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, Courtroom 2
Seattle, WA 98104
EFF Case Page: Smith v. Obama
Government issued photo ID is required for entry; allow at least 15 minutes for security screening. EFF urges attendees to dress in business attire and to observe respectful courtroom decorum.
Many thanks to EFF's members who make this work possible!