Argentine Debt Crisis Case Will be Opened

The motion we filed on behalf of Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata was granted yesterday. (Order)

The order has some very inspiring language in it. When a judge cites to Madison’s writings, you know you’ve had a good day as a First Amendment lawyer.

JAMES MADISON, THE FEDERALIST NO. 51 (“If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”); Globe Newspaper Co. v. Superior Court for Norfolk Cnty., 457 U.S. 596, 606 (1982) (“[T]he right of access to [records in] trials plays a particularly significant role in the functioning of the judicial process and the government as a whole. Public scrutiny . . . enhances the quality and safeguards the integrity of the fact finding process, with benefits to both the defendant and to society as a whole.”).(Order at 5, fn. 4)

3 Responses to Argentine Debt Crisis Case Will be Opened

  1. Emiliano says:

    I can’t even begin to express how important this news is. To enable the people of an entire country to find out and have definitive proof of government official’s corruption. And maybe make them pay the debt with the vulture funds with all the money they stole from the people.

    To know that there is some hope that justice will be served and that these crooks will loose everything and en up in jail where they belong.

    Lanata said it best in his last show of this year: “Cristina (Argentine president) is afraid she might end up in prison, she (and those who surround her) never had the slightest inkling as to the possibility of something like this happening, that the judicial system would have a way of finding out about those 123 shell companies used to launder money”

    This is a historic moment for my nation, and a huge win for the First Amendment, and the rights of the governed around the world. I hope this decision sets a strong precedent.

    I’m about to cry with happiness, this is huge…

    Please Marc, stay safe and advise Jorge to be safe, these officials operate as an organized mob, they won’t sit idle by and watch their corrupt empire crumble in front of their eyes.

    They have most of our judges bought or intimidated, all three branches of government are someway or another in their pocket or payroll, almost every institution is infiltrated by their intimidation and violent branch “La Cámpora”, and their media and propaganda apparatus is huge, all paid for with federal budget, with tax payer money.

    If one in a thousand of local judges even dares to investigate their deeds, he/she is immediately smeared, accused of many false charges, attacked by all other corrupt judges, and eventually made to resign or drop any investigation.

    Anyway, I see light at the end of the tunnel, they won’t get away with this.

  2. dan says:

    so you get to see the documents and based on what you see, you have to advise your client without telling him, on how to proceed?
    “we should continue with this and litigate but I can’t tell you why just trust me I cant tell you what I saw but its worth it”.

    I know just getting here is huge but I’m just not following the judge’s logic in this matter. In Canada the lawyers would be in ethical breach if they agreed to do did this. It would seem that your motion would have to be sealed (unless it said nothing) because you cant refer to facts in the sealed documents or quote them or putting them in an affidavit of documents without them becoming visible (unsealed). How is it possible to file a motion or anything on behalf of a client that is so sealed that the client cannot view it?

    What am I missing?

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