The District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office s has handed over approximately 2,000 pages of new documents today in the Pershing Park police misconduct cases.
Attorney General Peter Nickles filed a notice in court this morning that the documents had been found during sweeps of the OAG Civil Litigation Division. The filing did not explain what the papers contained.
“We are told that these are documents that had not been produced after seven years of litigation,” said Bryan Cave partner Daniel Schwartz, who represents protesters rounded up in mass arrests in 2002. “We don’t know much about them.”
Discovery in the cases initially closed in 2007. But Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia extended it after the city handed over 13,000 new documents. Plaintiffs’ lawyers say important files in the case have gone missing or been destroyed.
“These things keep popping up like mushrooms,” Schwartz said. “I’m sure there will be more documents in the future.”