DOJ properly withheld documents from grad student

From Courthouse News Service:

The Department of Justice properly withheld documents relating to its cell phone and email surveillance tactics from a graduate student who asked for them in a FOIA request, a federal judge ruled.


For some of the documents it withheld DOJ cited "Exemption 5," which lets agencies withhold inter-agency or intra-agency documents that would not be available by law to a party, except to an agency in litigation with the agency.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 29, 2012

A few state FOIA and local and Federal open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

NM court limits executive privilege in IPRA case


FOIA saga ends for American jailed in Yemen

From Courthouse News Service

WASHINGTON (CN) – A federal judge granted summary judgment to the Department of Justice after it found and released one final document responsive to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Sharif Mobley, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Yemen.

The document released to Mobley is an unclassified email exchange between the DOJ's Civil Division and its Office of Legal Counsel.