In records spat, D.C. federal judge wants answers from top DOJ officials

From The National Law Journal:

A federal judge in Washington has called on top Justice Department officials to make key decisions in the dispute over access to information about the secret work acclaimed civil rights era photographer Ernest Withers performed for the FBI.


A newspaper, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, sued the government in 2010 to gain access to Withers’ informant file. For months, the government said it could neither confirm nor deny that Withers served as an informant for the FBI. DOJ lawyers are now fighting the release of information that would provide the scope of Withers’ clandestine work.