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AIPAC Court Denies Amicus Standing to Reporters Committee

The judge who presides over the prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for allegedly mishandling classified information has rejected a request from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to present an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on the profound constitutional concerns raised by the case.

“Defendants are ably and energetically represented by counsel experienced in all facets of the case, including the constitutional challenge,” wrote Judge T.S. Ellis, III.

“This prosecution is not the appropriate procedural context in which various elements of society should debate the constitutional validity or wisdom of [the Espionage Act],” the Judge wrote.

See his February 27, 2006 order.

More information on the Reporters Committee view of the case may be found here.

0 thoughts on “AIPAC Court Denies Amicus Standing to Reporters Committee

  1. Note (below) that the accessory before the fact statute, 18 USC 2, is invoked in the indictment against Rosen.

    Bad, bad, very bad if the gummint wins this one.

    Which I think it will if it goes to trial, given the judge, the venue, the appeals courts involved.

    See, for background,


    “Rosen is also charged with aiding and abetting a communication of national defense information by one who is authorized to possess such information to a person not entitled to receive it, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 793(d).”

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