FISC, here I come
One of the things I have to do as a staff member of the Law Review is write an article called a recent development, which is something that runs about 15-20 pages and is about some new development in the law. We had to submit three topics to the editors, and they chose our topic from those three. I am lucky enough to write my recent development on the decision handed down last May by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISC found that on the basis of past failures of the FBI to correctly comply with rules governing its conduct, the court would not give its permission to allow new procedures proposed by the government to go into use (full text of the decision can be found here). The decision is significant because it is the first published opinion ever by the court, and the appeal by the administration is the first appeal ever from the FISC's decisions. This looks like a very interesting topic (Washington Post articles on it can be found here, here, here, and here), and I'll blog more on it as my research progresses.