“Friends” Join Supreme Court Appeal in British Subpoena Case: 1st Ever for Irish American Coalition

ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS • BREHON LAW SOCIETY • IRISH AMERICAN UNITY CONFERENCE
New York City & Washington, D. C. December 20th

“FRIENDS” JOIN SUPREME COURT APPEAL IN BRITISH SUBPOENA CASE; 1ST EVER FOR COALITION
This relates to the opposition of Irish-American groups opposing the subpoenas of Attorney General Holder served on Boston College to obtain records from their Irish archives. We are supporting the petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the Supreme Court.

The major Irish-American organizations (‘the Coalition’) have formally joined the litigation battle to block Attorney General Holder’s subpoena of records sought by the British government in the Irish archives of Boston College. The coalition joins the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Article 19, a global campaign group to promote free expression, and 14 social scientist scholars filing as Amicus Curiae in support of the appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the nation’s oldest and largest Irish-Catholic organization, stated: “There is a case to answer as to why Attorney General Holder should honor any request from any government with a history of lawless killing and corruption by its police force. I hope the Supreme Court will take special note that it was an officer of the court in Northern Ireland, attorney Patrick Finucane, who was assassinated by security forces colluding with loyalist thugs.”

“It is important that the use of these Mutual Legal Assistance Treatys (MLATs),” noted National President of the IAUC Thomas Burke, “remain subject to judicial review.” He indicated the brief rebuts the idea that treaty interpretation is exclusively an executive prerogative, pointing out that under U. S. extradition treaties, cases involving political crimes are re-viewable by courts.

“We are grateful for the dedication and wisdom of Igor Timofeyev and his colleagues at Paul Hastings LLP in Washington,” stated Robert Dunne, President of the Brehon Law Society, “as well as the support of colleagues in the Snell & Wilmer (Phoenix, AZ), Bingham, McCutcheon (Boston, MA) law firms who have unselfishly collaborated to raise important constitutional issues posed by the UK’s misuse of the MLAT.”

The government chose not to respond to the Writ of Certiorari and whether the Supreme Court decides to accept the case could be decided any time.