WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is refusing to take up a constitutional challenge to provisions of the Patriot Act from Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield who was once wrongly suspected in deadly terrorist bombings in Spain.
The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from Mayfield, who was arrested by federal agents after they mistakenly matched him to a fingerprint from the train bombings in Madrid in 2004.
It turned out the fingerprint didn't belong to Mayfield, who got an apology and $2 million from the federal government. But a federal appeals court blocked Mayfield's challenge to the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 law that was used to arrest him.
The high court left the appeals court ruling in place.
Mayfield never got back all the information secretly taken and recorded from his home and his law office during the federal investigation.
The government had argued that the Patriot Act allowed the government to keep those files secret.
Mayfield's lawyer Eldon Rosenthal had argued on appeal that a husband's discussions with his wife in the bedroom with the door closed, a lawyer's conversation with his client, a priest's conversations with the penitent, those items are none of the government's business.