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Suit seeks release of secret legal opinions by Justice Department


A lawsuit seeks to force the U.S. Justice Department to make public all binding legal opinions by the Office of Legal Counsel.

The federal suit was filed on Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times and a press release.

The suit (PDF) notes the department has an archive of legal opinions, but the exact number of issued opinions has not been publicly revealed.

The BLT story notes that another suit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation seeks release of a secret OLC opinion advising the FBI on information-gathering from telephone companies. The case is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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