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Court opinions issued Dec. 22-23, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Dec. 23, 2015

Baird v. Dep't of the Interior (E.D. La.) -- ruling that the government performed an adequate search in response to employee's request for records relating to his Civil Rights Act complaints and that disputed redactions were protected under the deliberative process privilege.  

Dec. 22, 2015

Abtew v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Sec. (D.C. Cir.) -- affirming district court's decision that an asylum officer's recommendation to a supervisor was exempt under the deliberative process privilege; rejecting appellant's arguments that DHS had adopted the recommendation as a final decision or that DHS was estopped from invoking privilege given  prior disclosures of the same document in other cases.   

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.