Judge skep­ti­cal to­ward anti-ter­ror law ar­gu­ment

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NEW YORK | A fed­eral judge in New York says she is “ex­tremely skep­ti­cal” that a law­suit can suc­ceed in strik­ing down a law giv­ing the gov­ern­ment wide pow­ers to reg­u­late the de­ten­tion, in­ter­ro­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of sus­pected ter­ror­ists.

Judge Kather­ine For­rest opened a day­long hear­ing on the sub­ject Thurs­day by say­ing le­gal prece­dents seemed to pave the way for the law to be found con­sti­tu­tional. She also sur­prised lawyers who brought a law­suit chal­leng­ing the law on be­half of jour­nal­ists, schol­ars and oth­ers by say­ing the First Amend­ment did not seem to be cen­tral to the law.

Judge For­rest said she did not be­lieve all speech is en­cum­bered by the First Amend­ment. The gov­ern­ment said in court pa­pers that fears by those who brought the law­suit were base­less.

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