FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued Mar. 29, 2019

Court Opinions (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Leopold v. CIA (D.D.C.) -- ruling that: (1) CIA properly invoked Exemptions 1 and 3 in refusing to confirm or deny existence of records related to alleged program of CIA payments to Syrian rebels; and (2) CIA performed adequate search for records pertaining to President Trump’s tweet and that it properly redacted records pursuant to Exemptions 3 and 6.

Palmarini v. IRS (E.D. Pa.) -- concluding that: (1) IRS conducted adequate search for plaintiffs’ tax audit records; (2) IRS properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 3 , 4, 5, 6, and 7(E), except for disk password provided by financial institution.

Bloche v. DOD (D.D.C.) -- in case concerning role of medical professionals in interrogation tactics, determining that: (1) government properly relied on deliberative process privilege to withhold all but seven documents, (2) government properly withheld Guantanamo Bay interrogation log pursuant to Exemption 1; and (3) government failed to justify use of Exemption 6 to withhold government email domain addresses, or its withholdings pursuant to Exemption 7(E).

Corley v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- on renewed summary judgment, finding that Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys properly relied on Exemptions 3, 6 and 7(C) to withhold four documents pertaining to arrest of third-party minor.

Summaries of all published opinions issued since April 2015 are available here.