Northern District of California Judge William Alsup must apply the heightened civil pleading standards recently laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court. But that doesn’t mean he has to like it.

In a ruling last week, Alsup dismissed discrimination claims against the city of San Francisco in a high-profile challenge to the federal government’s so-called no-fly list. The plaintiff, Rahinah Ibrahim, had alleged the feds mistakenly placed her on the list, and that city police illegally handcuffed her at San Francisco International Airport.

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