Court: Trump administration policing panel broke transparency law

What it means: Given that one of the judge’s explicit requirements is that the membership of the panel be revamped, his ruling Thursday may well postpone the panel’s report until after the November election.

The background: Much of Bates’ 45-page ruling focuses on a requirement in the 1972 transparency law that federal advisory committees be “fairly balanced” in their make-up. The George W. Bush appointee said a commission consisting entirely of law enforcement could not meet that standard.

“The Court is hard pressed to think of a starker example of non-compliance with FACA’s fair balance requirement than a commission charged with examining broad issues of policing in today’s America that is composed entirely of past and present law enforcement officials,” wrote Bates, ruling on a lawsuit filed in April by the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund (LDF).

“The Commission includes no members from civil rights groups like LDF. Nor

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Trump administration policing panel broke transparency law

What happened: A blue-ribbon law enforcement panel created at the direction of President Donald Trump broke a federal open meeting law and must halt its work until it comes into compliance with the statute, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge John Bates said the administration violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act by placing only current and former law-enforcement personnel on the 18-member commission and by holding closed meetings without advance public notice.

The commission’s final report was set to go to Attorney General William Barr later this month, but Bates said no recommendations can be submitted until the panel remedies the legal violations.

What it means: Given that one of the judge’s explicit requirements is that the membership of the panel be revamped, his ruling Thursday may well postpone the panel’s report until after the November election.

The background: Much of Bates’ 45-page ruling focuses on a requirement

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