The Justice Department is fighting to keep secret the names of more than 9,200 people whose applications for pardons and commutations were denied by President George W. Bush. The DOJ has asked a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling rejecting the argument that privacy interests outweigh any public value of producing a list. The case is a sensitive one for the department, given Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.'s involvement in a Clinton-era pardon that came back to haunt Holder during his confirmation hearing.
Justice Department Wants to Keep Pardon Data Under Wraps
The National Law Journal
May 25, 2010