Pinson v. DOJ, No. 12-1872, 2015 WL 2347018 (D.D.C. May 15, 2015) (Contreras, J.)
Re: Request for all documents concerning plaintiff and variety of other records
Disposition: Granting in part and denying in part plaintiff's Motion for a Protective Order or Appointed Counsel and Sanctions
- Procedural Requirements, Responding to FOIA Requests: The court holds that "whether the FBI and OIG correspondence must be disclosed pursuant to FOIA is a separate matter from whether [plaintiff], who is incarcerated, is entitled under BOP rules and regulations to possess the correspondence at issue while he is incarcerated." Moreover, the court holds that "FOIA litigation is not the proper vehicle for Mr. Pinson to challenge BOP security policies."
- Litigation Considerations: The court holds that "because the BOP's mail policy prohibits [plaintiff] from accessing some documents responsive to his FOIA requests," "[plaintiff] is currently unable to view documents relevant to this litigation, and in light of the fact that a number of his FOIA claims have proven meritorious and survived Defendants' motions for partial summary judgment, appointment of counsel is appropriate and will serve the interests of justice."