A few weeks ago I made a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Justice seeking a copy of the government’s immunity agreement with Ed Peters. DOJ refused my request. Here is a copy of DOJ’s refusal letter. According to the DOJ, I am not entitled to the information because Peters did not consent and there was no showing that the public disclosure outweighs Peters’ privacy interests. My request letter to the DOJ did not identify a public interest for the disclosure. My limited research on  the topic, however, suggests that this is not the type of private information that the privacy act was designed to protect. In addition, it’s my understanding that the government should produce the information with the private information redacted.

The suggestion  that the public in not interested in the Peters immunity deal is a joke. I suspect that the DOJ does not want to produce the agreement because it is embarrassed that DOJ granted Peters immunity. My informal reading of public opinion both in and outside the bar is that Peters should have been prosecuted.

Rather than go straight to an appeal I am going to try to clean up DOJ’s objections by submitting another request. If that request is denied I will appeal. In the meantime, if anyone already has the Peters immunity deal and is willing to share it with me I would appreciate it.

  • GREAT work, Philip! Let me know if I can help in any way.

  • Mississippi resident

    Philip, i am considered the public and am very interested in this farce called the Peters immunity deal. Maybe if more calls were made to the DOJ, by the public, they would realize our interests.


    I just moments ago came across this article, and I would like to know has any progress been made on obtaining this information. I, as well as many others, would like to know what type of deal and why, was made to Ed Peters. Please let me know if any further information was found out concerning such. Thanks.

  • philip thomas

    DOJ prosecutor Tom Dawson disclosed the terms of the deal in the book Kings of Tort. The terms are listed in a June 2010 post on this blog. Search for Peters or DOJ in this blog and you will find it.