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Court opinions issued June 16, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Murphy v. Exec. Office for U.S. Attorneys (D.C. Cir.) -- affirming district court's decision that grand jury information, including dates and times when grand jury convened, was properly withheld pursuant to Exemption 3.

Gahagan v. U.S. Customs & Border Prot. (E.D. La.) -- finding that government's declarations were not per se deficient for failing to identify the individual who conducted the search; (2) CBP and ICE did not establish that adequate searches were conducted, but Dep't of State made adequate showing; (3) State properly withheld visa information pursuant to Exemption 3 (8 U.S.C.  § 1202(f)); and (4) records withheld by CPB and ICE required in camera inspection.   

Kowack v. U.S. Forest Serv. (D. Mont.) -- ruling after in camera inspection of withheld records that agency did not properly apply Exemption 6.  

Summaries of all cases since April 2015 are available here