This is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist, Philip Eil, who for years has been stymied in his effort to obtain access to public evidence from a major prescription drug-dealing trial. The lawsuit, against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seeks a court order to release the documents and a declaration that the DEA has wrongfully withheld and redacted documents.  Current Status: In September 2016, Judge McConnell ruled in Eil's favor and ordered the documents released.  In December 2017, the First Circuit Appeals Court denied access to the documents.

Watch an interview with Eil where he talks about the book he wrote after receiving the documents, and the process of the case. Watch here
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Neal McNamara & Jessica Jewell

Date filed

March 18, 2015