09/15/13 - Justice on Line - Breaking News on PCJF Lawsuit on Cuban Five Case
State Dept. Now Under Court Order to Produce Records _1-Justiciaavergonzada
Lawsuit was filed after State Dept. refused to produce materials on U.S.
government payments to Miami-based journalists during Cuban Five
Prosecution [Reporters for Hire] The PCJF filed a Freedom of Information
Act Lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for its refusal to produce
materials in its possession about secret payments by the U.S. government to
Miami-based journalists who were reporting on the case of the Cuban Five
prior to the trial, during the trial and while the jury was deliberating.
Now, as a result of the PCJFs lawsuit, the State Department has been
ordered to expeditiously produce responsive documents in its possession.
The first round of production is ordered to begin in October.
This is a major step forward in the effort to expose the truth about a
terrible miscarriage of justice in this case. The documents that the State
Department was refusing to produce cover a critical time period for the
Cuban Five. The documents that were requested would cover the U.S.
governments payments to Miami-based journalists at the very time the U.S.
government was prosecuting the Cuban Five, stated attorney Mara
Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice
Attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) have filed a
Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) lawsuit in June 2013 against the U.S.
State Department for its refusal to produce responsive materials in its
possession about secret payments by the U.S. government to Miami-based
journalists who were reporting on the case of the Cuban Five prior to the
trial, during the trial and while the jury was deliberating.
The FOIA demand was filed by Liberation Newspaper in October 2010
requesting documents about the governments covert payments to journalists
in Miami from 1998-2002. The Cuban Five were arrested on September 12,
1998, and the seven-month trial began in November 2000.
Attorney Carl Messineo, Legal Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice
Fund, explained the purpose of the lawsuit at the time of its filing in
June 2013: It appears the government manipulated domestic public opinion
to advance their political and prosecution goals. This lawsuit seeks
underlying records. They have no right to hide their misconduct.
Click here to read the complaint.
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ongoing struggle to expose the truth. The PCJF will continue to demand from
the State Department and other government agencies that all of the
documents they possess related to the payment of Miami-based journalists
during the prosecution of the Cuban Five be released to the public.
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