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JFK in the eyes of the law

Jefferson Morley

Today, I talked about ebook Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK investigation with William Ramsey. Listen to our conversation here.

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The National Security State and the Kennedy Assassination

The Future of Freedom Foundation is sponsoring a JFK conference next month in the form of a weekly series of online presentations.

I will speak about my new JFK ebook, Morley v. CIA, My Unfinished JFK Investigation. What I like about this conference is this:

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Available on Kindle: Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation

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(l. to r.) USA Today reporter Ed Bracken attorney James Lesar, and plaintiff Jefferson Morley

In 2003 I sued the Central Intelligence Agency with the help of Washington D.C. attorney James Lesar. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), We sought public release of the files of a deceased undercover officer who was involved in the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In the new Kindle ebook, Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation, I tell the story of the epic 16-year legal saga that followed. It’s a brisk read, funny, disturbing and revealing about where the rest of the JFK assassination story is hidden: in the CIA’s archives.

The hero of the story is Lesar, a dogged litigator taking on high-powered Justice Department lawyers. The villain is a judge named Brett Kavanaugh.

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27) Medal for stonewalling: one JFK secret the CIA plans to keep

One of the most important JFK documents uncovered the Morley v. CIA  lawsuit is this photograph.

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Morley v. CIA Before the Supreme Court

On April 29, 2019 my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA.

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In his last decision before his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh sided with the CIA

 

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Brett Kavanaugh, the future of justice?

The D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on July 9th that the CIA does not have to pay my court costs incurred in the long-running FOIA lawsuit Morley v. CIA. The split decision was joined by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Trump later that day to serve on the the Supreme Court. Read more

Kavanaugh’s judicial activism on display

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Brett Kavanaugh, creative jurist

On the second day of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the Supreme Court nominee’s legal record is under close scrutiny. While far from is most important ruling, his last signed opinion as an appellate court judge provides a window into his judicial philosophy.

In a split decision on July 9, Kavanaugh’s vote decided my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for certain JFK assassination files. As fellow judge Karen Henderson pointed out in a stinging dissent, the majority decision ignored precedent and invented mandate.

Substantively, Kavanaugh’s decision undermined a key feature of FOIA law and strengthened the CIA and other agencies that want to keep embarrassing secrets out of the public record–even when they are more than 50 years old. That’s why I’m appealing the decision.

Appeal filed on Brett Kavanaugh’s anti-FOIA decision

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Brett Kavanaugh announced.

The last opinion signed by Brett Kavanaugh before his nomination to the Supreme Court dealt a blow to a key provision of the Freedom of Information Action: compensation for successful litigant.

On July 9, Kavanaugh joined a 2-1 majority decision in Morley v. CIA that held that the government did not have to pay my court costs because the CIA had acted reasonably and there was no benefit to the information obtained.

In a powerful dissent, Judge Karen Henderson rebuked Kavanaugh and Judge Gregory Katsas for ignoring precedent and inventing mandate.

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Judge Karen Henderson dissents from Brett Kavanaugh’s decision favoring CIA

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Judge Karen Henderson, JFK dissenter

Click for here Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s July 9 decision in Morley v CIA,

Morley v CIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking release of certain CIA files related to the assassination of President John F Kennedy in November 1963.

in his last decision before being nominated by President Trump to serve on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh ruled in favor of the CIA.

Judge Karen Henderson, first appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan, dissented: Read more

Do you think Trump will free the JFK files next week?

Nate Jones, author and director of the FOIA Project of the non-profit National Security Archive, has a succinct answer:

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When will the court rule?

What is Morley v CIA about?

A reader asks:

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I beat the CIA three times in the 2nd highest court in the land. Then this happened

When first asked the CIA lied and said George Joannides was ‘a routing indicator’

Why sue the CIA for JFK files?