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A federal appeals court ordered the IRS late yesterday to quickly release the full list of groups it targeted so that a class action suit filed by NorCal Tea Party Patriots can proceed.
According to Judge Raymond Kethledge in a unanimous decision by a 3-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appears:
“The lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation’s interests and enforcing its laws — all of them, not just selective ones — in a manner worthy of the Department’s name. “
“The conduct of the IRS’s attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition. We expect that the IRS will do better going forward.”
An inspector general found that several hundred groups had been illegally target for additional scrutiny by the IRS.
The IRS has apologized for its behavior, but insisted that it was all a big mistake made by overzealous employees.
I’m Still reporting from Washington. Good day.