Fix the Court today joined a letter urging the Senate to remove a provision of the Judicial Security and Privacy Act from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
That section, §5934, which we’ve written about many times before, infringes on our First Amendment rights and would censor truthful speech about government actors by permitting judges to “scrub” information about themselves — like birthdays, spousal employers and more — from the Internet.
What’s worse it’d make news-gathering so much more difficult as judges could simply censor information about themselves before journalists and groups like ours have the ability to look for it.
Signatories to the letter include the Center for Democracy & Technology, CREW, Demand Progress, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, Free Law Project, Project On Government Oversight, TechFreedom and several other free speech and technology groups.
From the letter:
As written, this legislation is a strike against the public interest, ensuring that federal judges who have conflicts of interest will remain undiscovered. Surely the right of the public to know and have faith in an uncorrupted judiciary is a principle that deserves significant respect.
Read the full letter here.