Professor Orin Kerr Speaks On NSA Surveillance Rulings

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled near the end of December that the National Security Agency's telephone metadata collection program violates the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, has been quoted and interviewed extensively about the legal implications of Judge Leon’s opinion, which deviates from years of legal precedent. Professor Kerr said that other federal courts are more likely to follow the Supreme Court’s 1979 ruling in Smith v. Maryland and approve the phone-tracking program, calling Judge Leon, "an outlier in his approach to the main Supreme Court case."

Professor Kerr also wrote on a more recent ruling by Judge William Pauley of the Southern District of New York that directly conflicts with Judge Leon's opinion.

Read more about Professor Kerr's thoughts.

In the Media

Judge Upholds NSA's Bulk Collection of Data on Calls
The New York Times | December 27, 2013

NSA Collection of Phone Data Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules
The Washington Post | December 27, 2013

Breaking Down Judge Richard Leon's NSA Ruling [Video]
Huffington Post - "Legalese It!" | December 20, 2013

The NSA Needs an Adversary in Court
Businessweek | December 19, 2013

What Edward Snowden Started 
Los Angeles Times | December 18, 2013

NSA Phone Plan Could Land in Supreme Court Over 1979 Precedent  
Businessweek | December 18, 2013

NSA Spying Ruled Unconstitutional [Video]
NBC | December 17, 2013

NSA Spying Scandal [Video]
WCBS-TV | December 17, 2013

Surveillance Ruling  [Video]
CBS News | December 17, 2013

The Switchboard: Google Used to Ride the Pipes. Now It Wants to Own Them. 
The Washington Post | December 17, 2013

Why Justifying NSA Domestic Snooping With a 1979 Precedent Is Ridiculous  
Business Insider | December 17, 2013

Will the NSA Finally Get Its Day in Court?  
Bloomberg | December 17, 2013

Judge's Strike at U.S. Surveillance Won't Be Last Word 
USA Today | December 17, 2013

For a more in-depth look at Professor Kerr's legal perspective on the NSA surveillance program, visit The Volokh Conspiracy blog.