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Breaking News on PCJF Lawsuit on Cuban Five Case: State Dept. Now Under Court Order to Produce Records

September 15, 2013

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Lawsuit was filed after State Dept. refused to produce materials
on U.S. government payments to Miami-based journalists during
Cuban Five Prosecution
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The PCJF filed a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit against the
U.S. State Department for its refusal to produce materials in its
possession about secret payments by the U.S. government to
Miami-based journalists who were reporting on the case of the
Cuban Five prior to the trial, during the trial and while the
jury was deliberating.

Now, as a result of the PCJF’s lawsuit, the State Department has
been ordered to expeditiously produce responsive documents in its
possession. The first round of production is ordered to begin in
October.

“This is a major step forward in the effort to expose the
truth about a terrible miscarriage of justice in this case. The
documents that the State Department was refusing to produce cover
a critical time period for the Cuban Five. The documents that
were requested would cover the U.S. government’s payments
to Miami-based journalists at the very time the U.S. government
was prosecuting the Cuban Five,” stated attorney Mara
Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for
Civil Justice Fund.

Background

Attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) have
filed a Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) lawsuit in June 2013
against the U.S. State Department for its refusal to produce
responsive materials in its possession about secret payments by
the U.S. government to Miami-based journalists who were reporting
on the case of the Cuban Five prior to the trial, during the
trial and while the jury was deliberating.

The FOIA demand was filed by Liberation Newspaper in October 2010
requesting documents about the government’s covert
payments to journalists in Miami from 1998-2002. The Cuban Five
were arrested on September 12, 1998, and the seven-month trial
began in November 2000.

Attorney Carl Messineo, Legal Director of the Partnership for
Civil Justice Fund, explained the purpose of the lawsuit at the
time of its filing in June 2013: “It appears the
government manipulated domestic public opinion to advance their
political and prosecution goals. This lawsuit seeks underlying
records. They have no right to hide their misconduct.”

Click here to read the complaint.

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This is an ongoing struggle to expose the truth. The PCJF will
continue to demand from the State Department and other government
agencies that all of the documents they possess related to the
payment of Miami-based journalists during the prosecution of the
Cuban Five be released to the public.


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