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JFK Records Lawsuit

Latest developments in the case: On July 14 Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed three counts of the Mary Ferrell Foundation's latest motions, while allowing the foundation to seek immediate release of all still-redacted assassination records created due to legislative action by the Church Committee and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the right to investigate the history of the government documents destroyed in the course of three JFK investigations, and the right to compel improvements in the usability of the National Archives' JFK Collection. See the ruling for the full decision. The Foundation's attorneys are considering all options concerning this litigation.

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MFF Files Lawsuit Over JFK Records

On October 19, 2022, the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a non-profit archive with the internet's largest collection of searchable JFK records, filed a lawsuit against President Biden and the National Archives for failing to implement the 1992 JFK Records Act. These failures have resulted in confusion, gaps in the records, over-classification, and outright denial of thousands of assassination-related files, five years after the law's deadline for full disclosure.

Latest Filings in MFF v. Biden et al

  • July 14, 2023: Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss and Denying Preliminary Injunction. Judge Seeborg's ruling on the DOJ's motion to dismiss and the MFF's request for a preliminary injunction.
  • June 22, 2023: Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Injunctive Relief, Declatory Relief, or Mandamus. The DOJ files a memo in opposition to MFF's motion for injunctive relief.
  • June 8, 2023: Plaintiffs' Motion for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief. The MFF files a motion for injunctive and declaratory relief, asking for a "preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the Transparency Plans", and "declaratory relief that NARA is the "successor in function" to the ARRB; that it has a mandatory duty to seek additional Assassination Records; that it enforce the MOU; and advise researchers to invoke the JFK Act rather than FOIA."
  • May 1, 2023: Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The Department of Justice files a motion to dismiss the second amended complaint.
  • April 10, 2023: Second Amended Complaint. The Mary Ferrell Foundation files an amended complaint, including additional information including a section on the Biden "Transparency Plans."
  • March 21, 2023: DOJ Reply Brief. The Dept. of Justice files its defendants' reply in support of motion to dismiss amended complaint.

For More Information

See also Jeff Morley's JFK Facts substack for related information, news, and insights.

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