stories filed under: "unsealing"
by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 25th 2013 1:51pm
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.