My day in court with Judge Kavanaugh: the subject was JFK files

Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Judge Brett Kavanaugh

On March 19 the DC Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in my FOIA lawsuit, Morley v CIA. In the absence of Senior Judge Karen Henderson, Judge Brett Kavanaugh presided.

Now Kavanaugh has been nominated for the Supreme Court, and his every word is being parsed.

The question before the court that day: Was the CIA obligated to pay my court costs for a long-running lawsuit about certain JFK assassination files held by the agency.

Click for the audio recording of the hearing. Kavanaugh is the first speaker you will hear, followed by my attorney Jim Lesar, a veteran FOIA litigator.

(For background on Morley v CIA click here.)

I’m struck by how Judge Kavanaugh dismantles the CIA’s spurious claim that I launched this litigation “for commercial purposes.”

And listen forJudge Henderson makes a timely factual correction, via telephone, when the government misstated the facts about the JFK files that were released.

 

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