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Lawyer who was arrested by mistake sues U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland lawyer who was mistakenly arrested by the FBI in the Madrid train bombings sued the U.S. government Monday, claiming his rights were trampled on because of his Muslim faith.

Brandon Mayfield, a 38-year-old convert to Islam, is seeking unspecified damages as well as a ruling that key provisions of the Patriot Act are unconstitutional.

He said the government violated his civil liberties by wiretapping his Oregon home and filing misleading affidavits to justify his two-week imprisonment.