U.S. Justice Department reviews cases with surveillance evidence obtained under FISA

A thorough review of all criminal cases that used evidence obtained from unconventional mean of surveillance will be conducted by the Justice Department, a report from the Washington Post stated on November 5.

The review of the criminal cases surfaced after the Justice Department, for the first time, told a suspect that evidence gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will be used against him. According to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the department will be scrutinizing criminal cases and defendants will be provided information that is geared towards allowing them to make their own determination. Defendants who were already convicted and those who are already serving jail time will be acknowledged, and they may want to retry their case.

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