Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Pinnicchia v. VA, No. 17-2139, 2019 WL 1173017 (D. Conn. Mar. 13, 2019) (Bolden, J.)
Re: Request for records concerning allegation against plaintiff
Disposition: Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment
- Exemption 7(C): The court holds that "the VA has met its burden by showing that the record requested by [plaintiff] was compiled for a law enforcement function and implicated privacy interests without a countervailing public interest." The court relates that "[plaintiff] seeks his accuser's personal identity." The court finds that "Exemption 7 would apply because [plaintiff] requested 'any and all police reports or police logs relating to' the relevant incident." Additionally, the court finds that "the fundamental purpose of Exemption 7(C) is to prevent unwarranted invasion of personal privacy through the use of FOIA, which is what would happen if the redacted information would be provided to [plaintiff]." Finally, the court finds that "there is no public interest that outweighs the privacy interest in this case." The court holds that "[plaintiff's] request is not a matter of public interest in the activities of government, but rather a personal one, an interest that does not further the public's interest when weighed against the countervailing privacy interests at issue."
Updated March 29, 2019