Magazine article The Quill

Judge Orders Release of Energy Records

Magazine article The Quill

Judge Orders Release of Energy Records

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A federal judge has ordered a half-dozen federal agencies to release by mid-May records of their involvement in an energy task force headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Ruling in a case filed a year ago, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the agencies have had sufficient time to collect thousands of pages of material from their files, The Associated Press reported.

Friedman's order also covers the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The agencies must release the material promptly or itemize the documents they want to keep confidential so that the lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch can proceed, Friedman said.

Friedman's March 5 decision was the second in two weeks by a federal judge setting a timetable for the prompt release of materials involving the Cheney energy task force. …

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