An amicus curia brief has been filed on behalf of the AOH in the case of Moloney v. United States et. al., Case No. 12-627. This case began when the U.S. Attorney has subpoenaed interviews conducted between 2001 and 2006 as part of the Belfast Project, an oral history project held by the Burns Library, recounting a period known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland that lasted from 1969-1998. The interviews were sealed, and interview participants were promised that their interviews would remain sealed until after their death, because of the dangers. The U.S. District Court Judge, after reviewing portions of the interviews ordered them produced. This decision was appealed to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled: “The choice to investigate criminal activity belongs to the government and is not subject to veto by academic researchers.” The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary Stay prohibiting release of the interviews to the British Government. The AOH is working with a coalition which also include the Irish American Unity Conference and the Brehon Law Society to oppose the release of the interviews. Pro Bono counsel representing the coalition has prepared and filed an amicus curie brief. The amicus curie allows the coalition to provided additional legal and factual support against the release of the interviews.
Additionally, the updates to the National Constitution approved at the National Convention this past summer in Turning Stone, New York have been completed. The updated National Constitution is available on the National Website at: