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Proposal to amend Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e)

Read our proposal on unsealing grand-jury records in cases of historical importance

Letter to Rules Committee (3/2/2020)

On March 2, 2020, Public Citizen Litigation Group – on behalf of itself, American Historical Association, American Society for Legal History, National Security Archive, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Archivists – submitted to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure a proposal to amend Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The proposed amendment would make clear that district courts have authority to order disclosure, in appropriate circumstances, of grand jury materials of historical significance, and it would provide a temporal end point for grand jury secrecy with respect to materials that are more than 60 years old.