Monday, October 24, 2016
Hedrick v. FBI, No. 15-0648, 2016 WL 6208361 (D.D.C. Oct. 24, 2016) (Jackson, J.)
Re: Request for records concerning plaintiff's criminal case
Disposition: Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment
- Litigation Considerations, Adequacy of Search: "[The] Court is persuaded that the FBI's index searches of the CRS using variations of [plaintiff's] name and identifying information about him were reasonably calculated to locate any information indexed to [plaintiff], and in fact, actually encompassed the locations that [plaintiff] says were not searched." "Therefore, the FBI's search was adequate." The court also finds that "[plaintiff] has provided nothing beyond speculation that additional documents exist or were destroyed" and "his contentions are manifestly insufficient to rebut the government's declaration on summary judgment." Additionally, the court finds that "[plaintiff's] added assertion that the one responsive document that the FBI did produce . . . was a forgery adds nothing to the adequate search analysis."
- Litigation Considerations, "Reasonably Segregable" Requirements: The court relates that "[plaintiff] does not specifically contest the agency's segregability determination for this document, and based on its own review of the FBI's supporting declaration, the redacted [document], and the nature of the limited redactions, this Court concludes that the FBI has released all reasonably segregable information, and therefore is entitled to summary judgment."
Adequacy of Search
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