Federal judge rejects Oregon's legal effort to put restrictions on federal agents there

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Federal agents stand outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, July 26, 2020. Their uniforms are colored red by the detonation of what appeared to be smoke or dust bombs thrown by protesters. Photo by Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY NETWORK.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Federal Protective Service — accusing them of arresting protesters without probable cause. This was when protestors said they were picked up and put into unmarked vans, held for hours, and not charged. They said they didn’t even know who was arresting them.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W. Mosman of the U.S. District Court in Portland said the attorney general’s office did not have standing to bring the case because it didn’t show that the issue was “an interest that is specific to the state itself.”

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Guest:
Jessica Levinson - Professor, LMU's Loyola Law School in Los Angeles - @LevinsonJessica

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin