Judge rules NSA wiretapping unconstitutional
She said the taps violate free speech and privacy rights. I'm not so sure about the free speech argument. The privacy argument is stronger, though a lot of people argue that the idea of a right to privacy is a myth.
In any case, this bumps the pressure on the government up several notches. I presume the government will appeal the decision, which could lead to a Supreme Court ruling depending on what the appeals court does.
Update: The Detroit Free Press has a bio of the judge.
Update II: Here's the text of the ruling, in PDF format.
Update III: The link is updated to note that the judge issued an immediate injunction against the taps, meaning this will be decided very quickly at the Appeals level.
ACLU, NSA, terrorism, politics, midtopia