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Court of appeal revives suit over the border photos

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that accuses the U. S. Customs and Border Protection of the illegal block photography at border crossings.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a judge’s conclusion that the limitations of the photography were justified by the need to maintain security at the border and protect the U.S. control of its territory.

The unanimous decision by three judges of the court came in a lawsuit filed by two activists who say the authorities removed the photos that she took while on the public property in California crossings with Mexico.

The men, Ray Askins and Christian Ramirez, say they have a First Amendment right to photograph and border protection officers at the civil servants working in areas for the public to view.

An e-mail to the border protection agency was not immediately returned.

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