The judge presiding over the lawsuit Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame have brought against Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove has denied the plaintiffs' request that they be allowed to proceed without revealing their home address. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates says that he "does not readily grant relief" from usual court rules and that the Wilson-Plames haven't offered him much of a reason to do so.
"[T]he implicit premise of plaintiffs' motion -- that their residential address is confidential -- is questionable," Bates writes. "In less than thirty minutes, the court was able to ascertain plaintiffs' residential address from multiple publicly available sources, including a database of federal government records. Indeed, an attorney who filed this motion on plaintiffs' behalf has stated in a nationally circulated newspaper that he is plaintiffs' next-door neighbor, and the residential address of that attorney also is readily ascertainable."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.