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Day 14/03/2011

NYCLU: Judge Rebuffs Bid to Learn Locations of NYPD Cameras

Mark Hamblett, Judge Rebuffs Bid to Learn Locations of NYPD Cameras, N.Y.L. J., Mar. 14, 2011, at 1.

The Department of Homeland Security does not have to reveal the locations of surveillance cameras installed as part of the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, according to a federal judge.

Southern District Judge John G. Koeltl last week granted partial summary judgment for the government in a case brought under the Freedom of Information Act by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The NYCLU has already obtained thousands of documents in New York Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Homeland Security, 09 Civ. 5325, as it tries to learn more about the security initiative by the New York City Police Department, which received a grant for the program from Homeland Security.

NYT: Listen to Judge Lippman

Editorial, Listen to Judge Lippman, N.Y. Times, Mar. 14, 2011, at A24.

Acknowledging New York’s deep fiscal crisis, Judge Jonathan Lippman, the state’s chief judge, has reluctantly agreed to make cuts in his $2.7 billion budget request, including a reduction in the number of people working for the court system. But he is refusing to back down on his call for a $25 million increase, to $40 million, in support for civil legal service programs that help low-income New Yorkers faced with foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence and other serious legal problems.