No one can sue the government over secret surveillance because, since it’s secret, no one can prove his or her calls were intercepted, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, throwing out a constitutional challenge to the government’s monitoring of international calls and emails. The 5-4 decision is the latest of many that has shielded the government’s anti-terrorism programs from court challenge, and a striking example of what civil libertarians call the Catch 22 rule that blocks challengers from collecting the evidence they need to proceed.
Democrat for Congress
Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC. The nomination all but assures that she’ll sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Online gambling OK’d
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation authorizing online gambling in the state, clearing the way for Internet betting to begin. The governor, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, signed the bill shortly after it passed the Assembly and Senate with changes he had sought. He said online gambling will help the state’s struggling casino industry.
No charges for tan mom
A grand jury in New Jersey decided to let a woman who became an overnight sensation as “the tanning mom” bronze away in peace. Prosecutors in Newark said Tuesday a grand jury refused to indict Patricia Krentcil on a charge she took her young daughter into a tanning booth with her. New Jersey state law bans children under 14 from using tanning salons. The 44-year-old Nutley woman was arrested last April and charged with child endangerment for allegedly bringing her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.
Compiled from wire reports.