Justices won’t give lawyers access to secret court records

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The Supreme Court of the United States will not consider giving a man accused of trying to ignite a bomb in downtown Chicago access to secret intelligence-court records.

The justices rejected the appeal of defendant Adel Daoud without comment Monday.

Daoud had won a trial court ruling that would have given his lawyers unprecedented access to records of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court.

Prosecutors appealed and argued that providing the material would endanger national security. The federal appeals court in Chicago agreed with the government and reversed the trial court ruling.

Daoud’s case touched on the controversy over expanded U.S. phone and Internet spying set off by former government contractor Edward Snowden and the FISA court’s role in signing off on the increased surveillance.

The case is Daoud v. U.S., 14-794.

The court Monday also rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. Justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that said the licensing requirements do not violate the First Amendment.

Opponents of the requirements had hoped that the New Orleans case might attract the Supreme Court’s interest because a District of Columbia court has held that similar rules in the nation’s capital were unfounded.

The case is Kagan v. New Orleans, 14-585.


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