Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, January 10, 2019

JOURNALISTS ASK SUPREME COURT TO UNSEAL CASE AND IDENTIFY FOREIGN BANK AT CENTER OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR'S RUSSIA PROBE


 A nonprofit journalists' group, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, has filed a Motion to Unseal, before the US Supreme Court, in the case involving objections to the high-profile subpoena issued to an anonymous foreign corporation said to be a bank, seeking to intervene, and obtain public access to the filings in the case. The matter is of great public interest, as the subpoena was issued by the Office of Special Prosecutor, in the Russia 2016 campaign interference investigation.

The issues presented by the Reporters Committee , in its 28-page brief:

(1) Blanket Sealing of Proceedings in this Court violates the First Amendment.
(2) The Public has a First Amendment Right of Access to Appellate Proceedings.
(3) The Public has a Right of Access to Contempt Proceedings.
(4) Particularly where the DC Circuit Court's opinion was filed Publicly, Blanket Sealing of these
Proceedings cannot serve any compelling Governmental Interest. 
(5)  Blanket sealing of the proceedings in this Court violates the Common Law Right of Access.

Readers who wish to review the complete text of the brief filed in support of the Motion to Unseal may access it here.



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