The Reporters Committee wrote to the court clerk and a three-judge panel at the D.C. Circuit Court, asking them to give public insight into proceedings in a sealed case involving Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman accused of running a shadow campaign for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The District Court had released a redacted version of an opinion dealing with documents seized from Thompson in a federal raid. Thompson appealed, and the D.C. Circuit issued a completely sealed opinion. The Reporters Committee inquired whether a redacted version is forthcoming, and the court then ordered the parties to suggest redactions.