The federal court has ordered Boston College to turn over transcripts and recordings to the US prosecutors who subpoenaed the material to aid British investigators in the case of the 1972 killing of Jean McConville.
Judge William Young issued this five-page ruling Friday amid allegations that Gerry Adams, the president of the Sinn Fein party, commanded the IRA unit responsible for ordering McConville's death and secret burial.
Boston College has said that it will consider its legal options following this latest order.
Jack Dunn, a spokesman for the college, told the Boston Globe “We are disappointed with (Young's) ruling in light of the effect it will have on the enterprise of oral history…We will take the time allotted us to review our legal options, which include the right to appeal this decision."
Critics of the ruling believe that releasing this information could harm former IRA members who are now elected officials in Northern Ireland.
Two weeks ago, Ed Moloney, a former Belfast journalist who directed Boston College's oral history project told ABC News “Imagine if these interviews are delivered to the police and their contents come out in court… There'll be a hue and cry for Gerry Adams' political scalp.”
Moloney and Anthony McIntyre ( a former IRA member who collected the interviews) went to court to try to keep this tapes form the Belfast police.
They say that originally they had been promised the tapes would remain confidential and beyond the British law as long as they lived.
Judge William Young issued the a five-page ruling on Friday.