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(11-30) 18:27 PST BERKELEY -- Berkeley activists can sue federal
agents for their role in a 2008 raid in which officers seized their
computers and records in search of alleged threats by animal-rights
advocates, a federal judge ruled Monday.
The activist group Long Haul Inc. can try to prove that the search of
its Berkeley offices exceeded legal boundaries, that agents misled the
judge who issued a search warrant, and that it was targeted because of
its left-wing views, said U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White.
An unaffiliated group with offices in the same Berkeley building, East
Bay Prisoner Support, also won the right to sue on the same grounds.
Both groups have also sued the University of California, whose police
were involved in the raid. The university did not join the federal
government's attempt to dismiss the suit.