Civ. A. No. 77-0526.

460 F.Supp. 762 (1978)

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL CO., Plaintiff, v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al., Defendants, and Raymond L. S. Patriarca, Intervenor.

United States District Court, D. Rhode Island.

May 15, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Matthew F. Medeiros, of Edwards & Angell, Providence, R. I., for plaintiff.

Vincent M. Garvey, Civ. Div., U. S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., Everett C. Sammartino, Asst. U. S. Atty., R. I., Providence, R. I., Harris L. Berson, Providence, R. I., Harvey Brower, Lawrence, Mass., for defendants.


PETTINE, Chief Judge.

This case counterposes rights of privacy, under the Freedom of Information Act1 and guaranteed by the Constitution, against the right of a newspaper, which asserts the public's interest, to compel disclosure of governmental files concerning a public figure. At issue are FBI logs derived from an illegal electronic surveillance.

Between March 1962 and July 1965, the FBI tape recorded conversations...

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