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Archive of entries posted on October 2010

Does BLAG Believe that Members of Congress are Immune from Federal Wiretaps?

In a little-noticed amicus brief filed in June with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the House of Representatives argued that the Justice Department’s wiretap of former Representative Rick Renzi was unconstitutional.  BLAG contends:  “The Wiretap Order clearly permitted the executive branch to seize communications [...]

Student Note on Speech or Debate

Devotees of the Speech or Debate Clause will want to check out Jack Raffetto’s note, “Balancing the Legislative Shield: The Scope of the Speech or Debate Clause,” which appears in the Spring 2010 issue of the Catholic University Law Review.  Focusing on the D.C. Circuit’s decision in In re Grand Jury Subpoenas, 571 F.3d 1200 [...]