Thursday, July 16, 2009
The backstory of U.S. v. Reynolds, the Supreme Court case that gave rise to the modern state secrets privilege, is well known. But you might want to check out this 14-minute segment on NPR's This American Life. Host Ira Glass interviews Barry Siegel, author of Claim of Privilege, and Judy Loether, who lost her father in the B-29 crash that formed the plaintiffs' underlying tort claims in the Reynolds litigation. This very short piece could make a nice supplement to your lessons on the state secrets privilege.
Click on the link above--the one at "14-minute segment"--click on the full episode, and move the cursor in the audio box forward in the program. This segment begins at 29:05.
Thanks to student Gina LoGalbo for the tip.