Beyond the Patriot Act: 9/11's effect on local courts

PhillyBurbs-Walter Huffman, dean emeritus and a professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law, is a retired U.S. Army major general and former judge advocate general. He explains that the Patriot Act provisions to encourage law enforcement agencies to share information resulted because, before 9/11, intelligence agencies like the CIA routinely refused to share information with law enforcement agencies like the FBI.

Terrorists may not be prosecuted at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, but the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed its courtrooms.

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Walter Huffman, dean emeritus and a professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law, is a retired U.S. Army major general and former judge advocate general. He explains that the Patriot Act provisions to encourage law enforcement agencies to share information resulted because, before 9/11, intelligence agencies like the CIA routinely refused to share information with law enforcement agencies like the FBI.

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