Amicus briefs

Ninth Circuit keeps Reporters Committee amicus brief in NSL case sealed more than six weeks

Jamie Schuman | Secret Courts | News | May 15, 2014
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May 15, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Wednesday that it will wait until May 23 to unseal an amicus brief that contains no confidential information and that the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed more than five weeks ago.

The Reporters Committee and 18 other media organizations filed the brief in support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s challenged to the National Security Letters program on April 8.

Amici were required to file materials under seal, but the Reporters Committee filed a motion with its brief asking the Court to unseal the document.

"The Court cannot constitutionally seal this brief,” the Reporters Committee wrote in the motion. “Amici have had no access to confidential materials in the case; the brief only includes information that is already public; and there are clear public policy reasons for requiring that the materials be open.”

Appeals court rules government must release drone memo

Emily Grannis | Freedom of Information | News | April 25, 2014
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April 25, 2014

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Department of Justice must release a memo on the legal basis for using drone strikes to kill American citizens abroad.

The New York Times made Freedom of Information Act requests in 2010 for opinions or memos from the Office of Legal Counsel "that address the legal status of targeted killings" and those OLC memos analyzing when it would be legal for U.S. military or intelligence agencies to target a U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist.

CIA must acknowledge records of drone strike program, appellate court rules

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | March 19, 2013
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March 19, 2013

The CIA cannot refuse to search for records about U.S. drone strikes on the grounds that acknowledging the existence of the records would harm national security, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled.

Reporters Committee urges federal court to allow challenge of policy that restricts access to court records

Press Release | June 6, 2012
June 6, 2012
Reporters Committee urges federal court to allow challenge of policy that restricts access to court records

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has asked a federal appellate court to reverse a lower court ruling that could severely curtail the news media's ability to challenge state court policies that deny access to judicial proceedings and records.

Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Secret Service

May 8, 2012

RCFP, along with eleven other organizations, signed on to an amicus brief in a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia urging the court to find that U.S. Secret Service White House complex visitor logs are "agency records" under the federal Freedom of Information Act and that the Secret Service is required to process a request for such records in compliance with FOIA.

Reporters Committee argues that FCC's indecency enforcement threatens news reporting

Press Release | November 11, 2011
November 11, 2011

Enforcement of Federal Communications Commission policy regulating indecent programming on the public airwaves severely restrains the ability of broadcast journalists to report on matters of public interest and concern, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press arguedin a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reporters Committee argues for release of voter records in federal appeals court brief

Press Release | October 21, 2011
October 21, 2011

Voter registration applications are public records under federal law that cannot be withheld from release simply because of an arbitrary promise of secrecy by state officials, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today.

Reporters Committee brief supports constitutionality of Washington state anti-SLAPP law

Press Release | September 20, 2011
September 20, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle (9th Cir.) urging it to uphold the constitutionality of Washington state’s anti-SLAPP law.

University should not hide behind student privacy to withhold secret admissions records, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011

Records related to a secret admission process at the University of Illinois that favored applicants with ties to large donors and the politically connected cannot be considered confidential student education records exempt from public release, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Reporters Committee joined by 46 news organizations in bid to quash subpoena

Press Release | July 5, 2011
July 5, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, joined by 46 media organizations, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City (2nd Cir.) seeking to affirm the quashing of a subpoena for the testimony of a Wall Street Journal reporter in a financial malfeasance lawsuit.