7th Circ. Opens The Vault On WWII Spy Investigation Docs

Law360, New York (September 16, 2016, 10:24 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled on Thursday that the government cannot hide behind the secrecy of grand jury proceedings to conceal information about a World War II era espionage investigation, saying that a judge was correct in ordering the U.S. Department of Justice to unseal grand jury evidence presented against the Chicago Tribune.

In upholding the ruling of Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, two members of a three-judge appellate panel said that the federal rule that governs grand jury documents, Rule 6, gives district court judges wide discretion when deciding to unseal such investigations.

In issuing the ruling, the majority noted...

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