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Judicial Watch 
Because one above the law! 
September 25, 2003 

The Honorable Howard Dean Dean for America 
P.O. Box 1228 

Dear Dr. Dean: 
Judicial Watch, Inc. ("Judicial Watch") non-profit, non-partisan, public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption. Judicial Watch regularly requests information about the operations government through open records and open meetings laws, the Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA) and other means; uses its editorial skills turn this information into distinct works; and regularly publishes and disseminates its work the public furtherance its educational mission. 
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With respect the basis for your decision seal your gubernatorial papers for 10-year period, recent press reports have quoted you (in interview with Vermont Public Radio) stating: "Well, there are future political considerations. didn't want anything embarrassing appearing the papers critical time any future endeavor." 

Consistent with our public interest mission, Judicial Watch requested and was denied access your gubernatorial papers accordance with the provisions Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. Sec. 315 320 (the Vermont Open Records Law). received correspondence from the Vermont Archivist detailing the sealing your official papers. 

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