Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., told a group of Philadelphia lawyers Friday that he’s serious about getting the full scoop on the Bush administration’s electronic surveillance program and would even consider taking the fight to the nation’s courts.

“I’m prepared to get tough about it, but I’ve got to have some backing,” Specter told the attendees at Friday’s panel discussion on ethics in government, which was organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.