OSG Hit With FOIA Suit Over 2011 Speech On Tribal Cases

The Office of the Solicitor General has unreasonably refused to turn over records concerning a speech by an OSG official that allegedly conceded misrepresentations by the office in two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases involving Native American tribes, according to a Freedom of Information Act suit filed Friday in D.C. federal court.
The suit, lodged by the California Indian Law Association, centers on a 2011 speech by then-Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who allegedly gave an “apology or confession of error” concerning the pair of decades-old high court cases at the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference in New Mexico.

CILA issued a FOIA request in August 2011 for background information on the speech, such as drafts or internal discussions, but OSG responded with only a handful of heavily redacted documents and emails, according to the suit. Continue>>>