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Federal Court Invalidates 11-Year-old FBI gag order on National Security Letter recipient Nicholas Merrill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2015
CONTACT: Debra Kroszner
(203) 432-1053 debra.kroszner@yale.edu

FEDERAL COURT INVALIDATES 11-YEAR-OLD FBI GAG ORDER ON NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER RECIPIENT NICHOLAS MERRILL

Court Rules There Is “No Good Reason” To Prohibit Merrill from Describing the Array of Private Information that the FBI Sweeps Up Using NSLs

NEW HAVEN, CT – A federal district court has ordered the FBI to lift an eleven-year- old gag order imposed on Nicholas Merrill forbidding him from speaking about a National Security Letter (“NSL”) that the FBI served on him in 2004. The ruling marks the first time that an NSL gag order has been lifted in full since the PATRIOT Act vastly expanded the scope of the FBI’s NSL authority in 2001. Mr. Merrill, the executive director of the Calyx Institute, is represented by law students and supervising attorneys of the Media Freedom and Information...view

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