The DOJ, via its Deputy Assistant Attorney General, has sent a memo to FISC Judge Reggie Walton, informing him of just how compliant the agency has been during the last couple of months as conflicting orders over the retention of bulk record data went flying as a result of multiple BR-related lawsuits. Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, we noted that FISC Judge Reggie Walton was quite reasonably pissed off at the DOJ for directly withholding key information about evidence in a series of lawsuits concerning NSA surveillance programs. The full details...Show More Summary
The massive Cape Wind offshore wind farm scored a legal huge victory on Friday, when US District Judge Reggie B. Walton upheld the results of a ten-year permitting process and rejected a laundry list of claims brought by local opposition groups. Show More Summary
(WASHINGTON) — A federal judge has directed the government to preserve phone data gathered under a National Security Agency surveillance program beyond a five-year limit. The order by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who presides over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, will be in effect while a dispute over preservation of phone data is pending…
Well, this is interesting. No sooner had FISC judge Reggie Walton shot down the DOJ's request to hold Section 215 metadata indefinitely (supposedly to preserve evidence related to ongoing lawsuits) then another judge has ordered the NSA to preserve this same data as evidence related to two lawsuits the agency is currently engaged in. Show More Summary
As was noted here in January, the non-rubber stamp FISA court rubber stamped the latest NSA bulk record request without hesitation, almost as though the previous seven months of leaks had never happened. That order has now been amended due to the January 17th presidential directive issued in conjunction with the administration's NSA reforms. Show More Summary
FISA Court judge Reggie Walton challenged statistics indicating that the secret court approves almost every surveillence request it receives.
One of the more surprising documents to be declassified as a result of the EFF and ACLU's lawsuits against the government is an opinion issued by FISA Judge Reggie Walton in which he excoriates the NSA for playing fast and loose with the rules governing its data collections. Show More Summary
As we all know, the NSA collects records of every telephone call made in the United States. Even if the rules governing the use of this information are highly restrictive, this still represents an enormous intrusion on the privacy rights of American citizens—something that FISA judge Reggie Walton acknowledged in a court opinion written in 2009. Show More Summary
Meaty. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled on Friday that churrascaria chain Fogo de Chão could not actually sue U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for denying a special work visa to one of its essential churrasqueiros back...Show More Summary
A spicy #immigration case has resulted in defeat for a Brazilian chef, and the popular Fogo de Chao restaurant chain that's employed and trained him. Dig it: This case forced U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to tuck into the question...
Judge Reggie Walton declared that only Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google have fought back against recently-revealed NSA spying programs.
David Codrea: “U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton last night dismissed a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed lawsuit challenging the constitutionality on Second Amendment grounds of Washington, DC’s ban on the sale and possession of handguns,” the Violence Policy Center crowed back in 2004, before the historic Heller decision. “Judge Walton’s 68-page ruling in Seegars v. [...]
Letters sent to Judge Reggie B. Walton regarding the sentencing of vice presidential aide Lewis I. “Scooter” Libby, who was convicted of obstruction of justice, were released by the court (large pdf) today. Several of them touched on matters of secrecy and national security policy. “If there is anyone who fully understands our ‘system’ for [...]Show More Summary
Judge Reggie B. Walton was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by the Chief Justice of the United States effective May 19, Secrecy News has learned. The FIS Court, established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, is composed of eleven District Court judges who are responsible for authorizing government requests for electronic [...]Show More Summary
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts has appointed Judge Reggie B. Walton of the D.C. District Court to serve as Presiding Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, effective February 22, 2013. Judge Walton, who has been a member of the FIS Court since May 2007, will replace Presiding Judge John D. Bates, [...]
Klayman v. #Facebook has now ended in a knock-out #legal victory for the social media giant. In a 12-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton has dismissed a $1 billion, or so, lawsuit filed by former Judicial Watch head and....
A federal judge Friday night sided with a Christian publishing company in a lawsuit against the contraception mandate in Obamacare. Judge Reggie B. Walton issued a temporary stay on the rule requiring any institution to offer co-pay free contraception to its employees. Tyndale House Publishers sued to be exempt from providing any contraception it equated [...]
A #Christian publishing house that's challenging an #ACA mandate for contraception coverage has won at least a temporary battle. In an intriguing 38-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on Friday granted Tyndale House Publishers a temporary injunction blocking enforcement...
A Washington federal judge handed a loss yesterday to three companies sued for their role in a fatal Metro rail crash in 2009, issuing an opinion (PDF) denying their motions for summary judgment. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton found that...