Publications

Order Denying Petition to Unseal

Publication Date: 
May 20, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Opinion and order affirming magistrate judge's report and recommendation (R&R) to deny the Petition to Unseal filed by Riana Pfefferkorn and Jennifer Granick, and overruling our objections to the R&R.

Order Denying Motions to Unseal

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Order denying motions by Riana Pfefferkorn and others to unseal the docket and court's legal reasoning in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

Amicus Brief of EFF and Riana Pfefferkorn

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
January 25, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Amicus brief of Electronic Frontier Foundation and Riana Pfefferkorn in support of Petitioners-Appellants Jason Leopold and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed in the D.C. Circuit. The petition in the court below sought to unseal certain sealed surveillance matters in the District of D.C.'s docket and also sought prospective changes to enhance the transparency of the court's surveillance docket going forward.

Brief of Amici Curiae Former U.S. Magistrate Judges in Support of Petitioners

Author(s): 
Stephen Wm. Smith
Publication Date: 
January 25, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief
Amicus brief of former magistrate judges, including CIS Director of Fourth Amendment and Open Courts Stephen Wm. Smith, in support of Petitioners-Appellants Jason Leopold and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed in the D.C. Circuit. The petition in the court below sought to unseal certain sealed surveillance matters in the District of D.C.'s docket and also sought prospective changes to enhance the transparency of the court's surveillance docket going forward.
 

Brief of Retired Federal Judges as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party

Author(s): 
Stephen Wm. Smith
Publication Date: 
January 25, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Amicus curiaei brief of retired judges, including CIS Director of Fourth Amendment and Open Courts, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case challenging the fees charged by the federal courts for electronic access to court records.

Objections to Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
January 16, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Objections to Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation to deny the Petition, plus supporting documents (supporting declaration of Jennifer Granick, administrative motion, proposed orders).

Motion to Unseal Court Records Concerning US DOJ Motion to Compel Facebook

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
November 28, 2018
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Motion to unseal the docket and court's legal reasoning in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

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