This Las Vegas Review-Journal story teases out more details surrounding Judge Victor Marreo's decision to void parts of the PATRIOT Act.
Recall that late last year Vegas casinos, hotels, and airlines were subject to a massive FBI data mining exercise the true extent of which remains unknown. Some 350,000 people had their personal info sucked up without their consent or even knowledge. Indeed, the PATRIOT Act forbade companies from even disclosing the federal request for info to anyone.
Marreo held that this kind of investigative expediency cannot be the nation's highest value. Marreo also goes into some detail on "national security letters" under PATRIOT essentially forcing people to comply with the demand for data.
Whole decision here.