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AADL Talks To: Judge Damon Keith

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 9:04am

When: November 16, 2010 at Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, MI

In June, 1972, then-U.S. District Judge Damon J. Keith of Detroit foiled the Nixon Administration's plan to use the Ann Arbor CIA Conspiracy trial as a test case to acquire Supreme Court sanction for domestic surveillance. Keith's ruling - that the Justice Department's wiretapping was in violation of the 4th amendment - led to a unanimous Supreme Court decision making domestic surveillance illegal…during the same week as the Watergate break-in. In this interview, Judge Keith, now Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, recalls his memories of the case and his famous Keith Decision. He also talks about how he handled similarly difficult cases, and the legacy of his work.

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November 16, 2010 at Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, MI

Length: 23:55

Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

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Subjects
Ann Arbor
History
Local History
Michigan
Politics & Government
AADL Talks To
Damon J. Keith