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Court opinions issued June 29, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Taylor v. Nat'l Sec. Agency (11th Cir.) -- holding that agency properly issued Glomar response in conjunction with Exemption 1 in response to pro se requester's request for records about himself.

Speaking Truth To Power v. U.S. Nat'l Nuclear Sec. Admin. (E.D. Pa.) -- granting NNSA's motion for summary judgment after finding that agency had consucted an adequate search; stating that although agency's declaration "did not expressly state that 'all files likely to contain responsive materials ... were searched,' such magic words are not required when, as here, a reasonably detailed affidavit describes a thorough search of those places where responsive documentation is likely to be found."  

Rodriguez v. Dep't of Justice (S.D. Ohio) -- finding that Drug Enforcement Admin. properly invoked Exemption 7(D) to protect information provided by a confidential source, that plaintiff failed to show that such information had been disclosed during his trial, and that DEA conducted a reasonable search for other requested records.   

Long v. Dep't of Homeland Sec. (D.D.C.) -- ruling that nonprofit organization qualified as both an educational institution and a representative of the news media for fee purposes.  See related article from Courthouse News Service here.  

Summaries of all cases since April 2015 are available here