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Court opinions issued May 26, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Turner v. U.S. Dep't of the Treasury (E.D. Cal.) -- denying plaintiff's moton for appointment of counsel because court found that plaintiff was able to articulate his claims and no "exceptional circumstances" existed.

Wadelton v. U.S. Dep't of State (D.D.C.) -- finding search inadequate because agency did not search for certain paper records, but permitting employees who created records to conduct search for them.  The court further found that agency properly invoked attorney work-product and deliberative process privileges to withhold records, but that agency did not establish that all reasonably segregable, non-exempt material had been releases.  Related article from Courthouse News Service here.

Petrucelli v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- ruling that the FBI properly withheld information under Exemptions 7(D) and 7(E), but finding that EOUSA did not prove that Exemption 7(C) applied to information that it previously withheld under Exemptions 7(D) and (7)(F).  Related article from Courthouse News Service here.  

Summaries of all cases since April 2015 are available here