07/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sotomayor Voiced Skepticism About Patriot Act In 2003

Judge Sonia Sotomayor expressed skepticism in March 2003 about the expanded government surveillance powers in the USA Patriot Act, citing what she referred to as its broader authority "to impose nationwide wiretaps with little judicial supervision" and to monitor Internet use in search of terrorists.

"Whether and how these statutes will be challenged in court is difficult to discern, but suffice it to say that traditional Fourth Amendment law does not permit searches and seizures without particularized suspicions of illegality," Judge Sotomayor told law students in a guest lecture at the Indiana University law school in Indianapolis six years ago.

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