Magazine article Screen International

Mark Boal Attorney Fights Back at Military 'Overreach'

Magazine article Screen International

Mark Boal Attorney Fights Back at Military 'Overreach'

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Jean-Paul Jassy lodged papers with a Los Angeles federal court on Monday arguing that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the military were attempting to subvert justice and federal guidelines by forcing Boal into a military court.

The government has subpoenaed Boal, the Oscar-winning writer and producer of The Hurt Locker, to hand over his taped interviews with Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who faces a court martial.

However Boal and his attorney argue these efforts violate First Amendment rights to protect the material, gathered while Boal was researching his Serial podcast.

In Monday's filing Jassy wrote: "Despite the DOJ's effort to block Mr. Boal's right to have the case heard in a Federal court, it has never denied his First Amendment rights, which plainly and unashamedly violates its own policy against subpoenas of this nature. …

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