From: Els Date: 18 Feb 2008, 08:44 AM
Court hearing regarding release of withheld FBI documents scheduled for March 11, 2008
Up to this very day, the FBI is still withholding thousands of pages from the RESMURS files that have never been made available to Leonard Peltier or his attorneys. Documents are supposed to be automatically declassified after 25 years under Executive Order 12958. The FBI is arguing that this material should not be subject to automatic declassification because it could damage or cause serious damage to national security and the so-called war on transnational terrorism. The FBI also claims that the release of the withheld documents would reveal the identities of confidential sources. Mr. Peltier’s lawyers have argued that these are nothing more than pretense to prevent the release of further evidence of the continuing violation of Mr. Peltier’s constitutional rights and further drives home the fact that Mr. Peltier never received a fair trial.
A hearing regarding the release of these documents will take place on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, beginning at 9:00 a.m. before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Court will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the Frey Moot Courtroom at 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008, BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M.
case 07-1745MN Leonard Peltier v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Kermit E. Bye – Fargo, ND
Lavenski R. Smith – Little Rock, AR
Steven M. Colloton – Des Moines, IA
Note 1: the hearing was scheduled and has been postponed before, so don’t be surprised if it happens again.
But the information above is accurate and up-to-date. See www.ca8.uscourts.gov/webcal/mar08ust.pdf
Note 2: several people have asked if this is the 2008 parole hearing. No, it is not! Please read the above announcement again.