FOIA Group That Got Al-Awlaki Memos Wins Fees In 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 25, 2017, 6:37 PM EDT) -- An open-government group that sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain legal memos about the U.S.’ targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki won legal fees Friday, when Ninth Circuit judges concluded for different reasons that the lower court applied the wrong standard to deny fees.

The First Amendment Coalition had fought the U.S. Department of Justice for 5 1/2 years over memos from its Office of Legal Counsel that justified the fatal missile attack on al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and radical preacher who was suspected of having a senior role in the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida. Although the Justice Department...

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