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Court opinions issued July 29, 2016

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Am. Immigration Lawyers Ass'n v. Exec. Office for Immigration Review (D.C. Cir.) -- reversing district court's decision that the agency may categorically withhold under Exemption 6 the names of all immigration judges who are the subject of misconduct complaints; reversing the district's decision that the agency may redact information as non-responsive from a document deemed responsive to request; affirming district court's decision that records documenting the resolution of misconduct complaints need not be affirmatively disclosed under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2)..

Pinson v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- ruling that: (1) the Federal Bureau of Prisons properly relied on Exemption 7(C) to withhold third-party information from "Special Administrative Measures," memoranda, but failed to prove that Exemptions 7(E) and 7(F) applied to those records; (2) BOP properly relied on Exemptions 6 and 7(C) to withhold third-party information from memoranda concerning inmate deaths; and (3) BOP properly relied on Exemption 5 and 6 to withhold portions of memorandum describing unsuccessful nominee for BOP Director.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here