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National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges, Sixth Edition

Robert Timothy Reagan
September 25, 2015

This publication has been superseded by the seventh edition

Cases involving national security often pose unusual and challenging case-management issues for the courts. Evidence or arguments may be classified; witnesses or the jury may require special security measures; attorneys’ contacts with their clients may be diminished; other challenges may present themselves.

The purpose of this Federal Judicial Center resource is to document methods federal judges have employed to meet these challenges so that judges facing the challenges can learn from their colleagues’ experiences. Included are terrorism prosecutions, espionage prosecutions, other criminal cases, the Guantánamo Bay habeas corpus cases, and other civil cases. This edition adds an addendum chapter on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act litigation. The information presented is based on a review of case files and news media accounts and on interviews with the judges. (Research date: April 24, 2015)

Lessons learned from these case studies are summarized in a companion publication, National Security Case Management: An Annotated Guide