Judge Orders DOD To Turn Over Docs In 'Trans Ban' Case

By Daniel Wilson (September 13, 2019, 8:35 PM EDT) -- The Pentagon has not yet done enough to claim deference for a plan underpinning its contentious transgender policy and can't use a deliberative process exemption to shield documents that helped to form that plan, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Friday.

The U.S. Department of Defense is not automatically entitled to a high level of deference from the court for the "Mattis Plan" used to create its transgender policy just because it claims the plan was based on military decision-making, and more discovery is needed to show whether the process used to create the plan was reasonable, U.S. District Judge Colleen...

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