A federal judge in San Francisco has turned down the Justice Department's request to halt a surveillance-related lawsuit because of the partial government shutdown.

San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White issued a one-page order Wednesday refusing to stay legal action in First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency, a lawsuit in which 22 groups are challenging the NSA's collection of telephone call records.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represents the plaintiffs in the case, opposed the stay. EFF lawyers argued that if NSA could keep snooping, government lawyers could keep responding to the litigation.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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