There is some good news today for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Judicial Watch (JW) has announced that it filed suit on April 29, 2011, to compel the Department of Justice to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In this instance, Judicial Watch was seeking documents and records relating to Attorney General Holders February 23, 2011 decision to no longer defend DOMA. Related to this was the suspicious timing of Mr. Holders announcement and a filing by the anti-Prop 8 litigants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As you may recall, FRC filed a similar FOIA request in late February.
Judicial Watch is a public interest law firm that specializes in FOIA litigation. JWs litigation expertise should produce the release of documents relevant to all the individuals and groups who filed overlapping FOIA requests. Good luck, Judicial Watch. Unfortunately, we don't expect the Administration to be very cooperative.