Judge Throws Out Muslim Lawsuit Against NYPD

By:  Bob Adelmann
03/05/2014
       
Judge Throws Out Muslim Lawsuit Against NYPD

A New Jersey district judge threw out a complaint by a Muslim group that claimed NYPD police surveillance of Muslims was illegal.

A New Jersey district judge threw out the complaint by a group of Muslims in New Jersey that claimed the surveillance program operated by the New York City police department since 9/11 was illegal and had been causing them pain, suffering, and economic loss. In a bizarre ruling, the judge concluded that there had been neither pain nor suffering nor economic loss — but even if there had been, it was the fault of the Associated Press, which first exposed the surveillance program, and not the program itself.

A New Jersey district judge threw out the complaint by a group of Muslims in New Jersey that claimed the surveillance program operated by the New York City police department since 9/11 was illegal and had been causing them pain, suffering, and economic loss. In a bizarre ruling, the judge concluded that there had been neither pain nor suffering nor economic loss — but even if there had been, it was the fault of the Associated Press, which first exposed the surveillance program, and not the program itself. Wrote the judge:

None of the Plaintiff’s injuries arose until after the Associated Press released redacted, confidential NYPD documents and articles expressing its own interpretation of those documents. Nowhere in the Complaint do Plaintiffs allege they suffered harm prior to the unauthorized release of the documents by the Associated Press. This confirms that Plaintiff’s alleged injuries flow from the Associated Press’s unauthorized disclosure of the documents.

Baher Azmy, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) that represented the plaintiffs, called the ruling “preposterous”: "It’s like arguing that you suffer no harm if your spouse is cheating on you as long as you know nothing about it, and that the blame lies with the messenger for telling you about it."

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