Q&A: Phil Eil On His Battle To Get Evidence From A 2011 Drug Trial

Mar 14, 2016

Providence freelance writer Phil Eil has been trying for more than four years to use the Freedom of Information Act request to get access to evidence used in a 2011 drug trial in Ohio. The US Justice Department blamed the defendant in the case, Dr. Paul Volkman, for the overdose death of four patients, and he was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison. Yet federal officials have refused to release thousands of pages of trial evidence to Eil, a former Providence Phoenix news editor. This week is Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative to promote discussion about the importance of open government and freedom of information.