Lavabit Asks Court To Unseal At Least Some Of Its Case So Others Can Submit Amici Briefs

from the open-court dept

A number of organizations and companies have expressed interest in filing amicus briefs in the lawsuit between Lavabit and the US government, concerning the government's attempt to do something (most likely install some kind of backdoors in Lavabit's "secure" email system), which resulted in Lavabit shutting down. The problem? How do you file an amicus brief when everything is filed under seal and the details are hidden. Given that, Lavabit is now asking the court to at least unseal things partly so that others can file briefs in the case. This is important, because these issues are important from a public interest standpoint. A secret court process, with everything filed under seal, is antithetical to the very basis of our judicial system. Yes, there are times when it makes sense to keep certain things under seal, but the details of this particular case are of tremendous public interest, and hopefully the court will back off from a blanket sealing of just about everything, and allow various public interest groups to weigh in as well.

Filed Under: amicus briefs, ladar levison, lawsuit, unsealing
Companies: lavabit


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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2013 @ 5:36am

    as this is going to embarrass both the USG and the security agency (DOJ?) involved. i doubt if the unsealing will happen more than for any other reason than the government doesn't want to be ganged up on, doesn't want it's actions to be broadcast and doesn't want further action taken against it. it matters not that they are, as usual, taking away the right of the people

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