Hedrick v. FBI, No. 15-0648, 2016 WL 6208361 (D.D.C. Oct. 24, 2016) (Jackson, J.)

Date: 
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."
Topic: 
Adequacy of Search
District Court
Litigation Considerations
Segregability
Updated February 14, 2017