Supreme Court to Review Cheney Energy Case

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 16, 2003

The GAO failed in their effort to obtain access to essential documents from Vice President Cheney’s National Energy Policy Development Group in order to determine if the nation’s energy policy was influenced by corporations with a financial stake in the outcome. See my August 26 posting for links to relevant documents and commentary on this issue. On December 15, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the VP’s documents must be released to the public. (Cheney v. U.S. District Court, No. 03-475.) See the Federal Advisory Committee Act, specifically section 10 (a)(1) – Each advisory committee meeting shall be open to the public.
Coverage of the issue is available at the links listed below, with the caveat that full-text access will be archived by most newspapers after seven days.

  • Supreme Court will decide what Cheney discloses- Houston Chronicle article by Patty Reinert (Dec 16, 2003)
  • Justices Will Hear Appeal on Cheney’s Energy Panel – New York Times article by Linda Greenhouse (Dec 16, 2003)
  • Supreme Court to Hear Cheney Energy Task Force Case – Reuters article by Susan Cornwell (Dec 16, 2003)
  • From a December 16 LA Times article (reg. req’d), “The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider erecting a shield of secrecy around Vice President Dick Cheney and the other close advisors to the president whenever they are discussing official business.”

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