On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a writ of mandamus petition brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenging the legitimacy of Verizon’s wholesale handover of metadata to the NSA.

The court gave no explanation.

The denial was part of a long list of other cases that the Supreme Court also declined to hear. EPIC, a technology and civil liberties-minded group in Washington, DC, filed the plea directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing any lower court—an unusual tactic.

The group argued that no other court had the jurisdiction to overturn an order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).     

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