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No FOIA Disclosure of Marshals’ Names

The names of the marshals who escorted the plaintiff on a particular occasion when he was injured were exempt from disclosure under FOIA because they were part of records compiled for law enforcement purposes, and the plaintiff did not show that the public's interest in disclosure outweighed the privacy interest at stake.

Moral: seek defendants' identities in discovery, rather than through FOIA, or else come up with a better argument than this pro se litigant was able to (i.e., be explicit that you intend to sue them and it's in the public interest to get to the bottom of accusations of official misconduct). See: McCall v. U.S. Marshals Service, 36 F.Supp.2d 3 (D.D.C. 1999).

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McCall v. U.S. Marshals Service