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Court opinions issued March 27, 2017

Court Opinions (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Am. Civil Liberties Union v. Nat'l Sec. Agency (S.D.N.Y.) --  finding that: (1) FBI, National Security Division (NSD), and CIA failed to perform adequate searched for requested records concerning Executive Order 12,333; (2) all Exemption 5 withholdings by Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) were proper, and some but not all Exemption 5 withholdings by CIA, NSD, and Nat'l Security Agency were proper; (3) all but one document was properly withheld under Exemptions 1 and 3 by NSD, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, FBI, NSA; and (4) OLC, FBI, and NSD properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 7(D) and (7(E).

Debrew v. Atwood (D.D.C.) -- determining that Federal Bureau of Prisons performed an adequate search for records concerning the promulgation of a disciplinary regulation.  

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project v. DHS (S.D.N.Y.) -- ruling that agency properly relied upon Exemptions 5 and 7(E) to withhold portions of "trip reports" regarding refugee applicants.  

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.