NY suit challenging laptop searches tossed

AP News
Posted: Dec 31, 2013 2:28 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a photojournalism organization and others challenging laptop computer searches at U.S. borders.

Judge Edward Korman granted the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.

Civil rights lawyers had sued in Brooklyn federal court in 2010 on behalf of the National Press Photographers Association, criminal defense lawyers and a French-American student whose laptop was confiscated at the Canadian border.

The plaintiffs alleged border agents are violating civil rights by searching laptops at U.S. borders without reasonable suspicion. The judge disagreed, citing appeals court rulings finding that reasonable suspicion isn't required for border searches.

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union says the organization is considering an appeal.