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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 30, 2012

 U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is asking an assistant to Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why the government is fighting so hard to keep informant records of Memphis civil rights era photographer Ernest Withers sealed. Jackson reproved Justice Department lawyers in her Washington courtroom this week, questioning why they're protecting decades-old material involving a now-deceased informant. While Jackson would not reveal the contents of the file, she said she was "deeply, deeply troubled by it.'' The Memphis Commercial Appeal -- which is seeking access to the materials -- reports.