leslie james pickering to sue the government for refusing to release records

by Tim Phillips

An attorney representing Leslie James Pickering is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Service for their failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. After filing FOIA requests in mid-September and appealing the government’s failure to respond, Pickering will soon be following in the footsteps of Marie Mason’s attorney, Susan Tipograph. Tipograph filed a similar lawsuit on February 25, seeking access to documents related to Mason.

Pickering was a founder of and spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office, edited the Press Office’s journal, and has written two books. He lives in Buffalo, New York. The bookstore he co-owns produced two short videos on FOIA requests and provides sample requests and appeals.