Friends Join Supreme Court Appeal in BC Subpoena Case

 

 
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ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS, BREHON LAW SOCIETY & IRISH AMERICAN UNITY CONFERENCE

 “FRIENDS” JOIN SUPREME COURT APPEAL IN  BRITISH SUBPOENA CASE; 1ST EVER  FOR COALITION

New York City & Washington, D. C. December 20th: The major Irish-American organizations (‘the Coalition’) have  formally joined the litigation battle to block Attorney General Holder’s subpoena of records sought by the British government in the Irish archives of Boston College.  The coalition joins the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Article 19, a global campaign group to promote free expression, and 14 social scientist scholars filing as Amicus Curiae in support of the appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. 

Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the nation’s oldest and largest Irish-Catholic organization, stated:  “There is a case to answer as to why Attorney General Holder should honor any request from any government with a history of lawless killing and corruption by its police force.  I hope the Supreme Court will take special note that it was an officer of the court in Northern Ireland,  attorney Patrick Finucane, who was assassinated by security forces colluding with loyalist thugs.”

“It is important that the use of these Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty’s (MLAT),” noted  National President of the IAUC Thomas Burke, “remain subject to judicial review.”  He indicated  the brief rebuts the idea that treaty interpretation is exclusively an executive prerogative, pointing out  that under U. S. extradition treaties,   cases involving political crimes are reviewable by courts.

“We are grateful for the dedication and wisdom of Igor Timofeyev and his colleagues at Paul Hastings LLP in Washington,” stated Robert Dunne, President of the Brehon Law Society, “as well as the support of colleagues  in the Snell & Wilmer (Phoenix, AZ),  Bingham, McCutcheon (Boston, MA) law firms who have unselfishly collaborated to raise important  constitutional issues posed by  the UK’s misuse of the MLAT.” 

The government chose not to respond to the Writ of Certiorari  and whether the Supreme Court decides to accept the case could be decided any time.   For more information please contact James Cullen at 914-907-5480 or jamespcullen7@gmail.com

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