Russell v. U.S., No. 17-77, 2018 WL 1475603 (E.D. Tenn. Mar. 26, 2018) (Phillips, S.D.J.)

Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018

Russell v. U.S., No. 17-77, 2018 WL 1475603 (E.D. Tenn. Mar. 26, 2018) (Phillips, S.D.J.)

Re: Request for records concerning alleged assault

Disposition: Granting defendant's motion for summary judgment on FOIA claim

  • Exemption 7(C):  "[T]he Court concludes that the records were compiled for law enforcement purposes, and that the individuals whose identifying information was redacted from the document at issue have a substantial privacy interest in avoiding disclosure of their identity."  The court relates that defendant withheld "the name, email addresses, and telephone numbers of Marshals Service employees and local law enforcement personnel."  "The Court further concludes that there is no substantial public interest in disclosure of this identifying information; as the identities of these individuals do not reveal anything about the workings of the government, and they are not probative of any agency's behavior or performance."
Topic: 
District Court
Exemption 7C
Updated July 2, 2018