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PBC News & Comment: No more appeals in wiretap case, President can break the law

Further nullification of 4th Amendment rights, as lawyer Jon Eisenberg explains why further appeals would be too risky–big setback!As detailed in today’s in-depth interview, attorney Eisenberg returns for the last of many interviews about the al-Haramain wiretapping case, the only one to survive ferocious government opposition and win a verdict.  Overturned by the allegedly-liberal 9th Circuit in San Francisco, the legal team has decided it’s too risky to appeal to the Supreme Court, which might lock in an even worse, national precedent.

–Marin County activist Jonathan Frieman challenges traffic ticket for driving solo in a carpool lane that required at least two persons in the car.  His novel defense: he had corporation papers in the passenger seat, and since the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, the ticket should be dismissed

–Oil tanker scrapes tower of Bay Bridge, no oil spill reported

–suspect who allegedly killed 7 people in shooting spree at obscure Oikos University last year declared incompetent for trial

–Gov. Brown defies federal judge, demands return of control of California’s prisons

–suspect in Benghazi attack released in Tunisia due to lack of evidence

–San Francisco Mayor who tried to fire Sheriff on phony “official misconduct” charge is protecting his buddy at the Housing Authority, who faces multiple charges of abusive treatment of employees

–Artic oil rig towed to safety, no spill reported

–Obama is the stingiest president since 1900 to use his pardon powers; PBC urges commutation or pardon for Don Siegelman