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Nation in brief

Government loses Patriot Act case

By wire services
Published September 10, 2005


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A federal judge lifted a gag order Friday that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act.

The ruling would allow the ACLU and its client to identify who received the request for records, but Hall stayed her decision until Sept. 20 to give the government a chance to appeal. Prosecutors said they were reviewing the decision.

National Guard sergeant sentenced in abuse case

LOS ANGELES - A California Army National Guard sergeant has been sentenced to a year in military prison for abusing detainees in Iraq.

Sgt. David Fimon, 26, pleaded guilty to multiple charges during a court-martial in Baghdad. The hearing stemmed from allegations that 12 soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment abused prisoners, military officials said.

Fimon, of San Diego County's Poway area, will also lose a year's salary, be demoted to private and was given a bad-conduct discharge.

Judge orders treatment to continue for child

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A juvenile court judge Friday ordered treatment for a 13-year-old cancer patient to continue despite pleas from her parents, who fear high-dose chemotherapy will do more harm than good.

The judge issued the order after lawyers for Ed and Michele Wernecke were unable to produce specialists' opinions in time for the hearing.

Tuesday, the Werneckes had said the family would stop fighting the treatment if specialists agreed it was the only alternative.

[Last modified September 10, 2005, 01:24:05]


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