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UPDATE: This Hearing Has Been Cancelled, But Will Be Re-scheduled
ACLU In Court Tomorrow For Hearing On Obama Request To Delay Lawsuit Over Release Of Torture Memos
NEW YORK - February 17 - A
federal judge will hold a hearing tomorrow to examine the Obama
administration's request for a 90-day delay of an American Civil
Liberties Union lawsuit concerning public access to controversial
Bush-era legal memos. The memos, written by the Justice Department's
Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), supplied the basis for the Bush
administration's torture and rendition programs. The hearing is
scheduled for tomorrow, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of New York.
Among the memos still being withheld are those written by Steven J. Bradbury when he was the acting-head of OLC. They are believed to have authorized the CIA to use extremely harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding.
In October 2003, the ACLU - along with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans for Peace - filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for records concerning the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody abroad. To date, more than 100,000 pages of government documents have been released in response to the ACLU's FOIA lawsuit.
A hearing to examine the Obama administration's request for a 90-day delay of an ACLU lawsuit seeking Bush administration torture memos
Jenny-Brooke Condon of the law firm Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C will be arguing before Judge Alvin Hellerstein; ACLU attorneys Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh will be present to answer questions
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18, 2009
3:00 p.m. EST
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007-1312