The trial heard by District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos is expected to last two weeks with a decision handed down before the Nov. 4 congressional election. State Republican leaders have said the law aims to prevent fraud at the ballot box and that there is no evidence to show that the law is discriminatory. Attorney General Eric Holder in July said Texas would be the start of his push to overturn the voter ID laws.
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said photos of a Saudi national imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay who U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the government plausibly showed that releasing images of Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was subject to interrogation techniques that a government official likened to torture, could endanger military personnel, diplomats and workers in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents al-Qahtani in a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. over his treatment, had sought the disclosure of photographs, videos and other audiovisual evidence of his confinement conditions under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Writing for a three-judge panel, however, Circuit Judge José Cabranes said the release "could logically and plausibly harm national security because these images are uniquely susceptible to use by anti-American extremists as propaganda to incite violence against United States interests domestically and abroad." Al-Qahtani has been held since February 2002 at the U.S.
An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that "out of an abundance of caution" the captain of Flight 2370 from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach chose to land instead at the closest airport, Jacksonville, where local law enforcement removed one passenger. The witness said one of the women became loud and abusive when a flight attendant was called. The aircraft later flew on to West Palm Beach where it landed shortly after 11 p.m., a couple of hours late.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down.