Meese Report

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General of the United States of America.
Tracking #

17.001552; DOJ-2017-000799

Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography AKA the Meese Report, as well as all materials associated with the Meese Commission which consisted of Henry E. Hudson, chairman, Diane D. Cusack, Park Elliott Dietz, James Dobson, Father Bruce Ritter, Frederick Schauer, Deanne Tilton-Durfee, Judith V. Becker, Ellen Levine, Edward J. Garcia, Tex Lezar and Alan E. Sears.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.

If this has been sent to the wrong component, then please redirect it. Thank you!

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Best


This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2017-000799
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 11/17/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request


Attached is this Office's response to the above-referenced request.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, as no search was performed. While many of the records were sent to NARA, including some that are undoubtedly responsive to my request, others remain within the DOJ's possession. Almost undoubtedly, the DOJ retains a copy of the report within its library, records, etc. Indeed, other records from this time and some relating to this subject remain not only within the DOJ's possession, but on the DOJ's website. See:


01/12/2017 01:27 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-001552


DOJ-AP-2017-001552 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.