Appeals Panel Overturns Ruling Allowing DOJ to Withhold Fast and Furious Docs

A three-judge federal appeals panel in Washington has overturned a lower court ruling that allowed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to withhold documents from the public regarding its Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg, who wrote the February 12 ruling, cited a prior case which found that “the test for determining whether an agency has improperly withheld records placed under seal by a court is ‘whether the seal, like an injunction, prohibits the agency from disclosing the records’.”

But “the government has not carried its burden in this case,” Ginsburg concluded.

However, Friday’s appellate ruling does not order the immediate release of the Fast and Furious documents which Judicial Watch had requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It merely sends the case back to the lower court for clarification.

In Operation Fast and Furious, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents in Phoenix allowed drug cartel “straw purchasers” to buy more than 2,000 firearms in the U.S. and smuggle them over the border into Mexico, including two AK-47s used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010. (Read more from “Appeals Panel Overturns Ruling Allowing DOJ to Withhold Fast and Furious Docs” HERE)

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  • wandamurline

    Sooner or later, the truth always comes out….it will show that Eric Holder should be arrested and tried for treason….and sooner or later, we will get our hands on Obozo’s documents….REAL birth certificate, college records, why he lost his lawyer license, and where he was actually born….you cannot hide the truth forever, and the real truth will NOT set them free.

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  • reggiec

    We better wait until we do not have a Democrat in the White House before any possible criminal charges are filed against those involved in the Fast and Furious debacle. If not those involved would most likely be pardoned.

    It is my belief that Holder stonewalled on the Fast and Furious debacle and Obama claimed “executive privilege’ to protect themselves, others at the DOJ, administrative members and the ATF from possible criminal charges.

    Everyone who was involved in the planning or execution of the program, I believe, should be indicted and tried for accessories to mass murder and the promotion of terrorism. Supplying guns to terrorist criminal drug cartels is an act of promoting terrorism. Supplying guns to the same group resulting in hundreds of deaths in Mexico and the murder of Brian Terry is being an accessory to mass murder.

    To be guilty of a crime, there must be unity of act and intent. The act was supplying firearms to terrorist drug cartels. The intent was that those firearms show up at crime scenes so that stricter gun laws could be enacted. (Accessory to mass murder!!!!)

    How can you expect justice from an Attorney General or administration that is most likely liable for criminal prosecution themselves?