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Media Gen. Operations Inc. v. The Hon. Theresa Buchanan, 02-2287

A federal magistrate judge's decision to seal search warrant affidavits, which were connected to an ongoing criminal investigation following the terrorist attacks of September, 2001, is affirmed.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 04/02/2003
  • Decided 08/01/2005
  • Published 08/01/2005


  • Before WIDENER and MICHAEL, Circuit Judges, and WILLIAMS, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, sitting by designation.


  • United States Fourth Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • ARGUED:  Charles D. Tobin, Holland & Knight, L.L.P., Washington, D.C., for Appellants.  Brian David Miller, Assistant United States Attorney, Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellee.   ON BRIEF:  Leslie S. McAdoo-Brobson, Holland & Knight, L.L.P., Washington, D.C.;  James H. Rodio, Holland & Knight, L.L.P., McLean, Virginia;  Gregg D. Thomas, Rachel E. Fugate, Holland & Knight, L.L.P., Tampa, Florida;  George Freeman, The New York Times Co., New York, New York, for Appellants.  Paul J. McNulty, United States Attorney, Michael J. Elston, Assistant United States Attorney, Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellee.  Lee Levine, Cameron A. Stracher, Thomas Curley, Levine, Sullivan & Koch, L.L.P., Washington, D.C.;   Henry S. Hoberman ABC, Inc., New York, New York;  Jerald N. Fritz, Allbritton Communications Co., Washington, D.C.;  Stephanie S. Abrutyn, Tribune Company, New York, New York;  Charles J. Glasser, Jr., Bloomberg News, New York, New York;  David Vigilante, Pilar Keagy-Johnson, Cable News Network, L.P., L.L.P., Atlanta, Georgia;  Susanna M. Lowy, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., New York, New York;  Susan Weiner, Maya Windholz, National Broadcasting Company, Inc., New York, New York;  Lucy A. Dalglish, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Arlington, Virginia;  Barbara W. Wall, Gannett Co., Inc., McLean, Virginia;  Mary Ann Werner, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.;  Eve Burton, Robert J. Hawley, The Hearst Corporation, New York, New York, for Amici Curiae.

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