A wide variety of people have noticed, and reported on the pending FOIA case that is pending in Federal Court in Dallas. It was the article of Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News that sparked interest in the national media. Then Fox News featured a short segment to further bring this matter into focus. Just yesterday Dave Lieber was invited to appear on the local news affiliate of NBC.
Today was the scheduled Court-ordered mediation. I assumed that there was absolutely no chance the this case would be resolved after more than four years of fighting to get the documents from the USSS and the Office of Inspector General that I had requested. I was so convinced that this matter would never be settled that I have already filed the necessary papers with the Court to begin the process of an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court. OIG is still a party to the suit and their attorney indicates, that contrary to a Court Order, it will take them 13 more months to produce the documents requested. Thus the appeal would relate to the dismissal of the USSS and DHS.
To my surprise there is some chance that the case may be settled. OIG, reportedly , is trying to locate the documents that I specified that I was most interested in. Given the previous attempt to settle with AT Smith, I have explained that if a settlement can be achieved that I must see the documents in advance before agreeing to accept any settlement proposal. The Judge advises me that I might have the documents as early as tomorrow, so we are waiting once again.
I’ll report back as soon as I hear from the Court.