Friday, August 16, 2013
Re: Request for records concerning the requester Disposition: Granting defendant's request for summary judgment
- Searching for Responsive Records: The court holds that defendant "has met its burden in this case" of "adequately describe[ing] the scope and methods of its searches and demonstrate[ing] that the places most likely to contain responsive materials were searched." The court rejects plaintiff's arguments and finds that "[t]aken at its word, [defendant] twice searched agency-wide computer databases; conducted a manual search of its Springfield, Illinois, office; interviewed the Secret Service agent who allegedly received copies of records from the [local] police; and sought additional information from Plaintiff in order to address, rather than ignore, the [local] police report that Plaintiff had appended to his FOIA request." The court states that, "[t]his effort clearly meets the criteria for an adequate search, and Plaintiff's '[m]ere speculation that as yet uncovered documents may exist does not undermine the finding that the agency conducted a reasonable search for them.'"
Updated August 6, 2014