DOJ Wrongly Destroyed Privacy Suit Evidence, DC Circ. Told

Law360, Washington (December 13, 2012, 2:39 PM EST) -- A group of former applicants to a U.S. Department of Justice honors program urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to revive their case alleging the agency performed illegal Internet searches to discriminate against more liberal candidates then destroyed the evidence, saying their actions violated the applicants' privacy rights.

According to the plaintiffs, the DOJ was required to store all applications and decision-making materials for two years as per the Federal Records Act, but destroyed files that contained information gleaned from Internet searches on the applicants' ideological and political leanings....
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