Judge threatens sanctions over Ashland wiretap case

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge is threatening to severely sanction the Obama Administration for withholding a top secret document he ordered turned over to lawyers suing the government over its warrantless wiretapping program.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco has ordered Justice Department lawyers to court June 3 to tell him why he shouldn't award damages to the now-defunct Ashland arm of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation. The group alleges that government officials eavesdropped on their telephone calls without court authorization.

Government lawyers have so far resisted the judge's repeated orders to turn over a top secret document that purportedly shows the Islamic charity was the subject of eavesdropping.

— The Associated Press

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