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Judge Overturns Denied Email Search Warrant, Says Gov't Can Get It All, Dig Through It Later

The "Magistrate's Revolt" was fun while it lasted. Post-Snowden, a few magistrate judges began viewing law enforcement's electronic search warrant applications with a bit more skepticism. These judges also rolled back a bit of the deference extended to the federal government, forcing the DOJ to narrow search requests or drop gag orders. The first flames of the revolt to be snuffed out occurred in a DC district court -- the same district where "In re Sealed Case" is the most common docket entry -- when Judge Richard Roberts overrode two decisions by magistrate judge John Facciola.
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