The United States Law Week

Justices Won’t Test Grand Jury Secrecy in 1956 Disappearance

Jan. 21, 2020, 3:15 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider whether federal courts can lift grand jury secrecy for historically significant matters.

The justices refused to review historian Stuart McKeever’s request for grand jury materials from the indictment of a former FBI agent whom McKeever thinks is connected to the 1956 disappearance of Columbia University Professor Jesús de Galíndez Suárez. Galíndez is believed to have been murdered following his criticism of Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied McKeever access to the grand jury materials from that era, saying that federal courts don’t have...

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