U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
In Re: PETITION OF LUKE NICHTER
(CASE #: 1:12-mc-00074-RCL)

(Editor's note: this is an ongoing case; this page will be updated when there is new information.)

Page last updated: November 7, 2013

Records Unsealed as a Result of this Petition
7/15/13 National Archives: Release of Additional Records Formerly Sealed in Watergate Criminal Trial U.S. v. Liddy
11/30/12 National Archives: National Archives to Release Nixon Watergate-related Records Online Today (11/30/12) at Noon
Media Coverage
11/1/13 American Historical Association: Letter of Support to Senior Judge Lamberth
7/17/13 Washington Post: Officials Release More Long-Sealed Watergate Court Records in Response to Judge's Order
7/16/13 Spytalk: Watergate Bugging -- Again. Newly Released Wiretap List Raises Questions on '72 Break-In
7/16/13 Associated Press: More Long-Sealed Watergate Court Records Released
6/11/13 Legal Times: Judge Unseals Watergate Records, Keeps Others Under Wraps
11/30/12 Washington Post: National Archives Posts Unsealed Watergate Records Online
11/30/12 Huffington Post: Watergate Files Released, Once-Secret Files Published by U.S. Government
11/2/12 Associated Press: DC Judge Orders Some Watergate Records Unsealed
11/2/12 Politico: Judge Unseals Watergate Trial Records
6/4/12 Fox News: Holder's DOJ Opposes Release of Watergate Wiretap Info
6/2/12 Associated Press: Long Sealed Watergate Documents May Be Released
5/4/12 Legal Times: DOJ Mulls Response to Request for Watergate Wiretap Records
2/7/12 Washington Post: Texas Professor Asking DC Court for Access to Long-Sealed Documents in Watergate Case
2/7/12 Houston Chronicle: Texas Prof. Asking Court for Watergate-era Docs
2/2/12 History News Network: Texas A&M Professor Seeks to Unseal Baldwin Watergate Testimony
Docket
6/18/13 Set/Reset Deadlines: Government's Compliance is due by 7/15/2013. (mpt)(Entered: 06/19/2013)
6/18/13 (23) ORDERED that the 22 Motion for Extension of Time for the Government to Comply is Extended to July 15, 2013 is GRANTED. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/17/13. (mpt)(Entered: 06/19/2013)
6/14/13 (22) MOTION for Extension of Time to Comply With Recently Issued Order by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Elizabeth)(Entered: 06/14/2013)
6/11/13 (21) SEALED (EX PARTE MEMORADNUM OPINION) re: Motion (1) (This document is SEALED and only available to authorized persons.) Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/10/13. (zmpt,)(Entered: 06/11/2013)
6/11/13 (20) SEALED (EX PARTE) ORDER re: Motion (1)(This document is SEALED and only available to authorized persons.) Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/10/13.(zmpt,)(Entered: 06/11/2013)
6/11/13 (19) (EX PARTE) ORDER (See Image for Details). Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/10/13. (mpt,)(Entered: 06/11/2013)
6/11/13 (18) (EX PARTE) MEMORANDUM AND OPINION (See Image for Details). Signed by Royce C. Lamberth on 6/10/13. (mpt)(Entered: 06/11/2013)
6/11/13 (17) ORDER re: May 13, 2013 Order and Memorandum Opinion (See Image for Details). Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 6/10/13. (mpt)(Entered: 06/11/13)
5/13/13 (16) ORDER; requesting a redacted version of the Memorandum Opinion, Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 5/13/2013. (hs) (Entered: 5/14/2013)
12/10/12 (15) ORDER granting 13 Motion for Extension of Time to submit ex parte surreply and Notice of Compliance. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 12/10/2012. (ls, ) (Entered: 12/11/2012)
12/10/12 (14) NOTICE of Submission by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE re 12 Order,,, (Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/10/2012)
12/3/12 (13) MOTION for Extension of Time to submit ex parte surreply and Notice of Compliance by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/03/2012)
11/2/12 (12) ORDER directing that all records in United States v. Liddy sealed by the District Court, except (1) Presentence reports and other personal documents implicating the privacy of living individuals; (2) documents reflecting the content of illegally obtained wiretaps; and (3) grand jury information are unsealed; directing the National Archives and Records Administration within 30 days review and release materials; the Department of Justice shall within thirty days comply with directives of the Court elaborated in this order; the National Archives and Records Administration shall make all documents associated with United States v. Liddy available to attorneys for the Department of Justice; denying Mr. Nichter's request to have the Court order an investigation into the extent of the breach of grand jury secrecy by Washington Post reports during the Watergate era.. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 11/2/12. (jeb, ) (Entered: 11/02/2012)
7/13/12 (11) Letter in response to Department of Justice brief by LUKE A. NICHTER. "Let this be filed" by Chief Judge Lamberth on 7/13/12. (sth, ) (Entered: 07/16/2012)
6/1/12 (10) RESPONSE re 1 MOTION to Unseal Document filed by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A, #2 Exhibit B, #3 Exhibit C, #4 Exhibit D, #5 Exhibit E)(Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 06/01/2012)
5/23/12 (9) ORDER. Upon consideration of the government's unopposed motion for an extension of time in which to file a response to the petition in this case, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion should be, and hereby is, GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that the government's response shall be due on or before June 1, 2012. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 5/21/2012. (kb) (Entered: 05/25/2012)
5/18/12 (8) Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/18/2012)
5/7/12 (7) ORDER granting 6 Second MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response to Petition by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 5/4/2012. (kb) Modified on 5/10/2012 (kb). (Entered: 05/10/2012)
5/3/12 (6) Second MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response to Petition by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 05/03/2012)
3/20/12 (5) ORDER. Upon consideration of the government's motion for an extension of time, nunc pro tunc, in which to file a response to the petition in this case, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion should be, and hereby is, GRANTED. It is further ORDERED that the government's response shall be due on or before May 5, 2012. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 3/19/2012. (kb) (Entered: 03/27/2012)
3/16/12 (4) MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to (1) MOTION to Unseal Document by DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 03/16/2012)
3/16/12 (3) NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth J. Shapiro on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Shapiro, Elizabeth) (Entered: 03/16/2012)
2/7/12 (2) ORDERED that the aforementioned correspondence be construed as a petition to unseal the specified documents. The Court hereby waives any filing fee. The Clerk of the Court shall file this correspondence on the public record, assign it a miscellaneous case number, and serve a copy on the Department of Justice; and it is further ORDERED that the government shall have 30 days from the date of the issuance of this Order to file an opposition, if any. Signed by Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 2/3/2012. (kb) Modified on 2/7/2012 (kb). (Entered: 02/07/2012)
2/7/12 (1) PETITION to Unseal Specified Documents Related to United States v. Liddy, Criminal No. 72-1827 by LUKE A. NICHTER. (kb) (Entered: 02/07/2012)