Res Ipsa Loquitur: The Justice Department’s Censored Judicial Opinion Revealed At Last

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  1. JRH says:

    What’s the source of authority for a government request that a judicial opinion be issued in redacted format? Is it at the district judge’s discretion? Are their statutes or cases on this?

  2. Brett Bellmore says:

    Anybody can ask anything, but it seems outrageous that the court agreed to these redactions. They seem to have been for no purpose but to spare the government a bit of embarrassment over having wronged somebody.

  3. Matt says:

    Thanks for posting on this, Jeff. I’m not sure what makes me feel worse- that this could happen just by mistake, or else that I worry that “mistake” was just the best excuse that they could come up with for what might have been worse than that. It does fit very well with other immigration “secret evidence” cases that I’m sure you know, where it eventually turned out that what was so secret about the evidence was that there was no good evidence at all beyond rank speculation or mistake.