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"Justice Dept. to Limit Use of State Secrets Privilege"



Charlie Savage, New York Times: "The Justice Department is preparing to impose new limits on the government assertion of the state secrets privilege used to block lawsuits for national security reasons. ...The bills [currently pending in Congress] would encourage courts to find a way for lawsuits to continue, even if particular documents or information must be withheld." They would also require tougher judicial scrutiny of executive-branch assertions of the state secrets doctrine. Earlier here (Boeing rendition) and here (bill in Congress) (via Hartley).

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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