Judge Denies Petition to Unseal 13 Years of Government Surveillance Records

"In a Stanford CIS blog post, Pfefferkorn said she found hope in the opinion. “For one, the court rejected the government’s unfounded attempt to argue that we lack standing to seek to unseal these records at all,” she wrote. “It is well-established that members of the public have standing to seek to unseal sealed court records, and the court refused to depart from that settled law. Also, the court declined to address the government’s novel and dangerous argument that administrative burden can trump a constitutional right of access (as opposed to a common-law right, which is not as robust). There is no legal support for that assertion and I am glad the court did not waste time entertaining it.”"