Public Interest Trumps Rep.'s Privacy In FOIA Fight: Judge

Law360, New York (January 10, 2012, 8:51 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge ruled Tuesday that the public interest in an Alaskan congressman's suspected illicit activity outweighs his privacy interests, denying the government's request for summary judgment in a public records suit surrounding an investigation into the congressman's actions.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler awarded partial summary judgment to watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which had submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2011 seeking records related to investigations into Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska,...
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