Paper, FBI Near Agreement on Withers' Records

The Commercial Appeal and the federal government reportedly have agreed in principle to settle the newspaper's lawsuit seeking documents about civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers' work as an informant for the FBI. In a court filing late Wednesday night, the paper and the FBI said they were in the process of finalizing a settlement agreement. U.S. Dist. Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted the request Thursday morning. The paper’s publisher and one of its reporters are seeking access to documents about Withers’ role as an FBI informant while photographing key historical events during the civil rights struggle.