Thursday, December 1, 2016
Ocasio v. DOJ, No. 13-0921, 2016 WL 7017233 (D.D.C. Dec. 1, 2016) (Chutkan, J.)
Re: Request for records concerning FBI investigation of plaintiff's complaint
Disposition: Granting defendant's second motion for summary judgment
- Exemption 7(C): The court holds that "[d]efendant's motion for summary judgment is granted." The court relates that it "previously held that the requested files are law enforcement records, that [the subject of plaintiff's complaint] has a privacy interest in nondisclosure, and that there is at least a minimal public interest in disclosing how DOJ investigated the accused individual." "[T]he court now finds that Plaintiff has not established a sufficient public interest to outweigh [the subject of plaintiff's complaint's] strong privacy interest, and furthermore that, given these investigative files involved a low-level government employee and there is no public interest, the responsive records are of a type that may be categorically exempt under Exemption 7(C)." The court relates that "[p]laintiff's asserted public interest in disclosure stems from his allegation of 'government impropriety[,]'" however, the court finds that "[p]laintiff did not produce [any] evidence."
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