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United States Department of Treasury v. City of Chicago
7th Circuit judgment vacated & case remanded

Note CANCELLED (February 26, 2003, jurisdiction withdrawn and case remanded)
IssueWhether reporters and others can use a federal public information law to obtain unclassified government records that officials would not otherwise release. The Court will decide if the release of the data could interfere with law enforcement efforts, which would exempt it from the sunshine law. At issue is access to information on about 200,000 firearm traces a year. In a firearm trace, officers confiscate a weapon in a crime, then track down who made it, sold it and bought it.
Certiorari Granted 11/12/2002
Lower Court 7th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of a right of access to unclassified government records.
Oral Arguments CANCELLED
For Petitioner
Theodore Olson, Department of Justice

For Respondent
Lawrence Rosenthal for City of Chicago

Larry H. James, Fraternal Order of Police
Stephen P. Halbrook, National Rifle Association of America, Inc.
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