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U.S. spy court to have new presiding judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The secretive U.S. court that considers applications for electronic surveillance and physical searches of non-U.S. targets will have a new presiding judge in May, the court said on Tuesday. Judge Thomas Hogan, who has been a federal judge in Washington, D.C., since 1982, will begin work as the presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, the court said in a statement.

U.S. judge rules against new Guantanamo detainee search policy

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday invalidated a new military policy dealing with searches of detainees at Guantanamo Bay before and after their meetings or phone calls with attorneys. Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, said the search procedures, in place since May, "actively discourage petitioners from taking phone calls or meeting with counsel."
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