A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that some grand jury materials from the 1971 Pentagon Papers case must be released.
The decision comes from the denial of a Freedom of Information Act request for the grand jury materials. The petition was filed with the court “approximately two months after” the denial of the request.
Judge Allison Burroughs ruled that the materials must be released for a few reasons. First, the Burroughs looked at the amount of time since the grand juries occurred. Second, the judge considered “the historical significance of the materials at issue.” Finally, she reasoned that because “much of the matter is already in the public domain, the Court must conclude that the limited disclosure allowed herein does not run afoul of any of the purposes of grand jury secrecy.”
In her ruling, Burroughs allowed for the government to propose redactions to any of the documents as well as “object to the disclosure of any other documents.”