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FOIA News: Mugshots revisited

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Should booking photos be subject to FOIA requests?

By Jonathan H. Adler, The Wash. Post., Aug. 12, 2015

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld a request for booking photographs of criminal defendants sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Detroit Free Press v. USDOJ.  Existing circuit precedent mandated this result.  In their brief per curiam opinion, however, Judges Guy, Cook, and McKeague explained why they believe full 6th Circuit should reconsider this holding.  

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