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Aug 29, 2012

CREW and Other Groups File Amicus Brief Regarding Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act

U.S. Supreme Court buildingToday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) joined with other public interest organizations committed to government transparency and accountability to file an amicus (or friend of the court) brief asking the Supreme Court to accept the petition for certiorari in McBurney v. Young, a case raising the constitutionality of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which requires requesters to be citizens of Virginia.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the law prohibiting out-of-state requests, rejecting claims it violates the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits a state from treating citizens of other states in a discriminatory manner.  CREW uses state FOIA laws for a variety of reasons, including to gather information about potential unethical behavior of political leaders, and would be harmed if citizens-only FOIA laws like that of Virginia, Arkansas, and Tennessee are not struck down.

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