Judges say NYPD justified in Muslim spying records request

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 7:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appellate court has ruled the New York Police Department was justified in using a Cold War-era federal legal doctrine to deny releasing records about the possible surveillance of two Muslim men.

In a decision handed down Thursday, the panel of judges in Manhattan said heightened law enforcement concerns warranted the police department invoking the Glomar doctrine to neither confirm nor deny the existence of certain documents.

One of the men was a Rutgers University student and the other a Harlem imam. Their attorney argued the Glomar doctrine was a federal doctrine that shouldn't apply to the state public records law.

A spokesman for the city's Law Department says, "We are all safer because of this ruling."

The men's attorney didn't immediately respond to a comment request.