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FTC Asks for All USMS Files on Recent SCOTUS Trips

Dear Ms. Luckstone:

This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding activity of the U.S. Marshals Service. It is being submitted on behalf of Fix the Court, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for greater openness and accountability in the federal judiciary.

The request seeks all of the “Requests for Special Assignment Resources” reports prepared for travel taken and events attended by U.S. Supreme Court justices in which they were accompanied by U.S. Marshals Service personnel between Jan. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2022.

In a previous FOIA request, I was initially just sent the cover page of these reports. Here I am asking for the reports in their entirety (though obviously redactions are to be expected).

I also request these files on a rolling basis. In other words, if, for example, the 2022 reports are not yet available, please send documents from 2018-2021 at the first available moment and then supplement them with the 2022 reports when they become available.

As Fix the Court is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and in light of the regular publication and dissemination activities in which it engages, I request that any fees that may be associated with this request be waived. This request is not for commercial purposes, and the release of the information requested is not in Fix the Court’s financial interest, given that our mission is to promote transparency in the federal judiciary.

If this request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all withholdings and deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the law.

Gabe Roth
Fix the Court executive director

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