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Court opinions issued July 19, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Nat'l Ass'n of Criminal Def. Lawyers v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.C. Cir.) -- affirming the district court's decision that DOJ properly relied upon the attorney work-product privilege of Exemption 5 to withhold its "Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book," which contains "information and advice for prosecutors about conducting discovery in their cases, including guidance about the government's various obligations to provide discovery to defendants."  

Knuckles v. Dep't of the Army (S.D. Ga.) -- dismissing action as moot because agency provided pro se plaintiff with her employment records following lawsuit; denying plaintiff's claims for monetary damages, attorney fees, and the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate the agency; granting plaintiff's claim for costs because she substantially prevailed.  

Bloomgarden v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- concluding that agency properly redacted under Exemption 7(C) the names and signatures of government agents on proffer agreements that were otherwise disclosed to plaintiff.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.