Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:14 pm
Government asks for stay in surveillance lawsuit
By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
Justice Department lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Richard Leon late Wednesday to halt further proceedings in the lawsuit in his court until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hears an appeal of Leon's recent ruling in a challenge to the government's data collection program. In December, Leon questioned the constitutionality of the surveillance program in a decision that, if upheld, could torpedo the operation.
Larry Klayman, the conservative lawyer who filed the suit, said he plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.