What happens when the FBI lies in court?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Judge rules that FBI misled the court and FBI’s statements to court were blatantly false
A United States District Court Judge has ruled that the government misled the court in a case involving government surveillance in Southern California’s Muslim-American Community.

In 2007, The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of six Muslim groups and five individuals who were attempting to obtain records under the Freedom of Information Act, which they believed would show that the FBI had been unfairly targeting Muslims.

U.S. District Judge, Cormac Carney, ruled that the FBI did not have to turn over documents due to national security concerns, however he explained that lawyers for the government had mislead the court about the existence of the relevant documents.

The Judge denied the request by Muslim groups to see records of FBI surveillance, yet he criticized the government for making “blatantly false” representations.

According to media sources, Judge Carney stated “The Court is charged with the humbling task of defending the Constitution and ensuring that the government does not falsely accuse people, needlessly invade their privacy or wrongfully deprived them of their liberty…the court simply cannot perform this important task if the government lies to it.”

Judge Carney also stated, “the government’s representations were then, and remain today, blatantly false,” and that “the government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the court.”

We often learn from our clients that law enforcement has exaggerated or altered facts. This is why it is vital if you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal matter to hire an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney who can see through dishonest and unlawful law enforcement tactics.

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