Last Updated: December 15, 2011
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on May 3, 2010, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for all of the agency’s documents regarding the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy in an attempt to shed light on the career of one of America’s most controversial politicians. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the request but failed to provide any documents within the legally required time limit.The FBI posted 2,200 pages of documents spanning from 1961 to 1985 on their website five days after our lawsuit was filed.After examining the documents, Judicial Watch argued that many of the redactions were excessive, and forced the FBI to reissue several pages of documents with fewer redactions. A key example of this are the four versions of a page describing Kennedy’s trip to Latin America while he was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County.We also obtained a copy of a letter from Ken Feinberg, a lawyer who represented the Kennedy family (and was appointed as the “pay czar” for the Obama administration in 2009), requesting on the family’s behalf, that the FBI not release any documents regarding Senator Kennedy in response to FOIA requests.
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