NACDL News: DOJ Persuades Court to Keep Criminal Discovery Blue Book From Being Disclosed; NACDL to

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on Dec. 18, 2014, in National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Executive Office for United States Attorneys et al. The court upheld the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) denial of NACDL’s Freedom of Information Act request that DOJ release to the public its Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book, finding that the Blue Book is attorney work product that was prepared to protect DOJ from litigation and therefore it is protected from disclosure. NACDL plans to appeal this decision granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment and denying plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment.