Justice v. Whistleblower

August 22, 1996

Justice v. Whistleblower

A Justice Department lawyer will have to use the 1966 Freedom of Information Act to pry loose documents he needs to pursue a whistleblowing complaint against the agency. Daniel Jacobs filed a complaint alleging Justice was lax in enforcing environmental laws. Since then, Jacobs claims, he has been ridiculed, pulled from his cases, and reassigned. Now, says Jacobs, his boss, Lois J. Schiffer, says he'll have to resort to FOIA to obtain Justice Department documents for his whistleblowing case.

Schiffer was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union litigation screening committee in the 1980s.

Jacob's attorney, John Turley, said the order violates attorney-client privilege and guarantees of anonymity provided for under the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act.

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