Magazine article The Quill

Presidential Records Case Thrown Out

Magazine article The Quill

Presidential Records Case Thrown Out

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An effort to release some of the late President Ronald Reagan's sealed papers was dismissed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in late March, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

After a bout with Alzheimer's disease, Reagan died june 5 at his California home. He was 93.

Since the plaintiffs were not suffering "any injury" from the closure of the records, they had no legal standing to continue their lawsuit, judge Colleen KollarKotelly ruled, according to the RCFP.

A group of open-government advocates, including the RCFP and historians' groups, brought the lawsuit, arguing that the records should be unsealed in compliance with the Presidential Records Act. The act, signed in 1978 in the wake of the Watergate scandal, declared that presidential records should first be reviewed by the National Archives for sensitive information and then released within 12 years after a president has left office, the RCFP reported. …

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