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Critics Galvanized by Oregon Lawyer's Case

A federal judge’s decision to release Muslim lawyer Brandon Mayfield rallied critics of the Justice Department on Friday, who decried his jailing in Oregon on dubious fingerprint evidence as a new example of government disregard for civil liberties. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Jones in Portland coincided with Spanish authorities’ determination that the print linked to the March 11 train bombings in Madrid belonged to an Algerian suspect. Federal authorities still consider Mayfield, a former Army lieutenant, a “material witness,” according to a website administered by the judge overseeing the case. The sudden turn in the case is “a huge embarrassment” for federal investigators, said Michael Greenberger, a former senior Justice Department official who heads the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security. He and other critics contend the government’s approach to the case was legally flawed. Full Story

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