Boston's Irish troubles oral histories ruling

Sometime today, US Courts will rule on whether or not oral histories gathered and donated to Boston College can be turned over to the police to prosecute murderers  during the Irish Troubles, a topic which I reported  on in a previous blog. The oral histories were given with the understanding that they would not be available to researchers until after those recorded died. How will this turn out? This has interesting implications for oral histories, for donor agreements, and for the solving murders, all of these are affecting an archives and historians who helped gather and document the oral histories.  For more info read here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17602599

A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments over the case before noon today. The result is not yet reported (at 2pm) 

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