LOCATION: Residence of Cruzan
DOCKET NO.: 87-2127
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
CITATION: 490 US 153 (1989)
ARGUED: Mar 20, 1989
DECIDED: Apr 18, 1989
Edwin S. Kneedler - on behalf of the Respondents
Patti A. Goldman - on behalf of the Appellants
Facts of the case
Media for American Foreign Service Association v. GarfinkelAudio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 20, 1989 in American Foreign Service Association v. Garfinkel
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - April 18, 1989 in American Foreign Service Association v. Garfinkel
William H. Rehnquist:
I have the opinion of the Court to announce in No. 87-2127, American Foreign Service Association versus Garfinkel.
In this case, the District Court invalidated Section 630 of an Act of Congress dealing with disclosure agreements by Executive Branch employees as an impermissible interference with the President’s authority to regulate the disclosure of national security information.
In a subsequent ruling, it held that the Executives’ use of the term "classifiable" was impermissibly vague and ordered the executive to discontinue use of this term.
In light of this development, a portion of appellant’s lawsuit is moot.
Other questions, however, may remain, and in their current posture of best resolved in the first instance by the District Court.
We therefore vacate the judgment of the District Court and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.