Eil v. DEA - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Eil v. DEA (2015)

Category: Open Government    

About This Case:
This is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist, Philip Eil, who for years has been stymied in his effort to obtain access to public evidence from a major prescription drug-dealing trial. The lawsuit, against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seeks a court order to release the documents and a declaration that the DEA has wrongfully withheld and redacted documents.

Current Status:
In September 2016, Judge McConnell ruled in Eil's favor and ordered the documents released.  The defendents in the case have appealed.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Neal McNamara, Jessica Jewell

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Dec 22, 2017 - Appeals Court Denies Journalist Access To Court Documents In Major Drug Trial
  • Sep 16, 2016 - Judge Orders U.S. DEA to Release Documents a Local Journalist Has Sought For Years
  • Mar 15, 2016 - Sunshine Week: ACLU Seeks Court Order for the Release of Documents Journalist has Sought for Years
  • Mar 18, 2015 - ACLU Sues Drug Enforcement Agency For Public Records Local Journalist Requested 3 Years Ago