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Case Disclosed is a blog written by students, supervising attorneys, directors, alumni, and friends of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic.

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Warrantless Border Searches of Electronic Devices Constitutional

March 8, 2021
By Jackson Busch ’22

The First Circuit ruled this month that warrantless searches of electronic devices at the border do not violate the First or Fourth Amendments. 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit on behalf of eleven plaintiffs whose electronic devices had been searched by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), either at the physical border or upon arrival from an international flight.

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FOIA Litigation in the Shadow of the Mueller Investigation

June 17, 2019
By Greg Conyers

MFIA client and reporter Ken Vogel of the New York Times submitted a FOIA request in August of 2017 to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit of the Department of Justice.

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How a Proposed Rule to Increase Access to FOIA Documents May Actually Undermine Transparency

April 25, 2019
By Simone Seiver ‘21

Journalists already take advantage of the fact that FOIA requests themselves are public information.

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Public Perception of the Judiciary Bolsters the First Amendment’s Right of Access

April 21, 2019
By Wendy Serra

As public perception of the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary comes under increased partisan attack, it has become abundantly clear that public faith is integral to the judiciary’s very functioning.

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