A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the FBI's decision to redact information from records sought under the Freedom of Information Act by a Tennessee death row inmate.
Inmate Michael Dale Rimmer sued the agency over records relating to an investigation they conducted into the death of a Memphis motel clerk in 1997. Rimmer was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of the clerk, Ricci Lynn Ellsworth, in 1998.
During the joint investigation by the FBI and Memphis police into Ellsworth's death, a witness told the FBI that he had seen two white males taking money from the motel cash register with blood on their hands on the night that Ellsworth disappeared, according to court records.
The descriptions of the men did not match Rimmer's physical appearance. FBI agents twice showed the witness a photo lineup with Rimmer's picture, but the witness twice identified another man that he said he saw at the motel that night, according to court records...www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Death-row-inmate-loses-FOIA-lawsuit-against-FBI-4059888.php#ixzz2D1UrGp00