Supreme Court rejects case on DOJ 'filter teams' that could have affected Trump document fight
Added 10-03-22 01:03:02pm EST - “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Justice Department's use of "filter teams" to determine if documents seized in an investigation are shielded from government scrutiny.” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Justice Department’s use of “filter teams” to determine if documents seized in an investigation are shielded from government scrutiny.
The case could have had a major impact on the legal battle over government documents seized from former President Trump’s residence at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
The court denied a writ of certiorari in Korf v. the United States, which raised questions about the legality of “filter teams,” a group of prosecutors and investigators assigned to review documents seized in criminal cases to determine if any materials are protected by privilege.
If a document is protected by attorney-client privilege, it would be off limits to investigators in a criminal case, but the filter teams are deciding what is privileged before the question is resolved by the courts.
A Justice Department filter team is reviewing classified materials seized by the FBI last month during a search of Mr. Trump’s residence. However, Mr. Trump was able to briefly halt that review while he successfully fought for the appointment of a special master to review documents for privilege protections.
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