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Flinn v. U.S., No. 14-609, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60888 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2015) (Bernal, J.)

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Flinn v. U.S., No. 14-609, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60888 (C.D. Cal. May 8, 2015) (Bernal, J.)

Re: Request for records concerning plaintiff's arrest

Disposition: Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment

  • Litigation Considerations, Adequacy of Search:"The Court finds that the efforts outlined in [defendant's] declaration establish that USFS conducted a more than adequate search."  The court relates that "USFS conducted multiple searches of its records, both nationally and regionally."
     
  • Exemption 7(C):  "The Court finds that the privacy interest[s] involved outweigh the public interest in disclosure."  The court notes that "[d]efendant redacted the names and identifying information of the law enforcement officers involved in Plaintiff's arrest."  The court finds that "[t]he officers' names, phone numbers, and addresses are included in the documents; thus, their privacy interest is substantial."  "On the other side of the scale, there does not appear to [be] a significant public interest in disclosing this information, as the relevant information -- that concerning the circumstances of the arrest -- is fully disclosed."  "The Court also notes that the redactions were minimal and appear as narrowly tailored as possible."
Court Decision Topic(s)
District Court opinions
Exemption 7(C)
Litigation Considerations, Adequacy of Search
Updated December 15, 2021